Webb, Stanford set up showdown at HSBC Champions

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 1, 2014 at 10:38 pm •  Published: March 1, 2014
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SINGAPORE (AP) — Karrie Webb and Angela Stanford were so close down the stretch Saturday at the HSBC Women's Champions, matching each other birdie for birdie, that Stanford only sees one way to get the advantage in Sunday's final round.

"I'm going to send Webbie a six-pack (of beer) tonight," she said.

Webb wasn't sure that would help. "I'll probably drink one and go to sleep," the Australian veteran said.

The two players set up a Sunday showdown between former HSBC champions after finishing off their third rounds with identical birdies over three of the last five holes Saturday to separate themselves slightly from the rest of the crowded leaderboard.

Webb, the 2011 winner, shot a 70 to move to 11-under 205, one stroke ahead of 2012 champion Stanford, who had a 69.

They both have a chance to be the first repeat champion of the tournament, although on two different courses. Both players picked up their first HSBC crown at Singapore's Tanah Merah Country Club and this year's event is being played at the Sentosa Golf Club.

Still, Stanford said, there are enough other quality players within striking range after a momentum-shifting day that anybody could claim the title.

"It's really not worth looking at (the leaderboard)," she said. "You just know a lot of people are going to be at the top."

Among those chasing Webb and Stanford are Spain's Azahara Munoz, who fired an eagle and four birdies for a 5-under 67, the low round of the day; and Taiwan's Teresa Lu, who gave up her LPGA membership in 2010 to concentrate on playing in Japan. Both are tied for third at 8-under 208.

America's Paula Creamer, who briefly held the lead with Webb and Munoz on Saturday, had six birdies to go with three bogeys to sit in fifth place at 7 under.

Morgan Pressel of the United States was at 6 under, Norway's Suzann Pettersen was another stroke back at 5 under, and Sweden's Caroline Hedwall and South Korea's Na Yeon Choi were in joint eighth at 4 under.

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