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Ochoa takes 8-stroke lead in HSBC Women's Champions

Ochoa takes 8-stroke lead in HSBC Women's Champions

World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa took a grip on the HSBC Women's Champions title, firing five birdies on Saturday to extend her lead to eight strokes.
The Mexican star, an eight-time winner in 2007, shot a 3-under 69 for a 16-under total, putting her eight strokes clear of Paula Creamer and Annika Sorenstam in shared second, with Karrie Webb a stroke further back going into the final round.
Despite posting the best score of the day, Ochoa said her round was more difficult than usual.
"It was a tough day today, it started in the morning with some rain and I didn't feel as good a rhythm as I had the first few days so it was difficult for me out there," Ochoa said.
She struggled to adjust to the speed of the rain-soaked greens.
"They were a little bit heavier because of the rain, obviously, and I couldn't get used to it," Ochoa said. "So I kept leaving long putts for the second putt. And it was just a lot of stress."
On Sunday, Ochoa will be teeing up against the winners of the first two tournaments of the season _ Creamer of the U.S., who won the Fields Open last weekend and Sweden's Sorenstam, the SBS Open champion.
Creamer shot four birdies and two bogeys for a 2-under 70 to finish at 8-under with Sorenstam, the former world No. 1, who sank five birdies.
Sorenstam's progress was checked by a double bogey and a bogey on Nos. 10 and 11 respectively.
"I was kind of disappointed to lose a shot or two shots back there, particularly when I made a good start and made the turn at 3-under. You kind of like to continue the momentum," said Sorenstam. "But I bounced back and there were some good shots and good golf."
Creamer felt her form was improved, but had a bogey finish.
"I hit a couple of bad iron shots down the stretch and I was able to save par on those and I just wasn't able to do it on the last hole, which was unfortunate," Creamer said. "But ... I hit it a lot better than I did yesterday."
"It's a matter of going out tomorrow and staying in my own world and trying to go as low as I can."
Former No. 1 Webb, of Australia, carded four birdies and two bogeys for fourth place.
Laura Diaz of the United States was 5-under after a 2-under 70 round that included four birdies and two bogeys.
The tournament boasts 18 of the world's top 20 players.


Updated : 2021-03-03 11:29 GMT+08:00