Stupples caught by 65s

Sunday, August 1, 2004

On a day for scoring, Annika Sorenstam and halfway leader Karen Stupples were overshadowed by some stellar scores Saturday in the third round of the Women's British Open.

Minea Blomqvist of Finland surged into contention with the lowest score ever in a major -- a 62.

Heather Bowie and Rachel Teske both shot 65s and share the lead heading into today's finale at 12-under 204.

Cristie Kerr had a 9-under 63, and is tied for third place with Stupples, Dalhousie's touring pro, at 11-under 205. Stupples, who led by three strokes after Friday, shot a 2-under 70, recovering from a double bogey early in the round.

Sorenstam also shot a 70 and moved to 7-under 209.

The biggest move of the day came from 19-year-old Blomqvist, who made a 60-foot birdie putt on the final hole for her 10-under 62.

Blomqvist had six birdies and two eagles, breaking the tournament record of 63 set three years ago by Karrie Webb at Turnberry. She also broke Webb's course record of 63 set in 1997.

After making the cut by a stroke, Blomqvist was at 8-under 208, tied for seventh place with Laura Davies (69) and Seol-An Jeon (70).

Blomqvist, who won a tournament two weeks ago in Hungary, started her record round with a 7-wood into 21 feet for eagle on the 485-yard opening hole.

Her only birdie inside 18 feet came at the 273-yard ninth, when she drove the green and two-putted for birdie. She also chipped in for eagle from 60 feet on No. 10, and closed it out with the 60-footer on the 18th.

"I made an eagle and then ... I had a feeling today that everything is going good," she said. "And that's always an easy feeling. Yesterday, I couldn't concentrate on any putt. Today, it was totally different, so I really enjoyed it."

Five women and 21 men have shot 63s in the majors.

Stupples, who opened with a 65, went 39 holes without a bogey before making double bogey at the par-3 fourth when her tee shot missed the green. She was the halfway leader at last week's Evian Masters in Paris before finishing fourth.

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