(Sunningdale, England July 31 2004) Saturday is traditionally ‘moving day’ at a golf tournament and during the third round of the £1.05million Weetabix Women’s British Open the packed galleries at Sunningdale witnessed a plethora of birdies and eagle along with an historical score of 62 after a glut of low scoring on a steaming hot summers day in Berkshire threw the championship wide open for Sunday’s final round.
|Blomqvist – into the record books with a 62|
“You know, yesterday I was happy to make the cut to go on in the tournament,” beamed the blonde-haired, blue-eyed teenager, who will play her golfing idol, world number one Annika Sörenstam, in a Skins match on Monday in Finland.
“It always helps when you start better and when I made eagle at the first hole, I had a feeling today that everything is going good and that’s an easy feeling to take on the course.”
The stark difference between Blomqvist’s two rounds was her putting. 40 putts on Friday, 24 on Saturday, which helps explain the 16 shot swing in two days.
“Yesterday, I couldn’t concentrate on my golf and today was totally different, so I really enjoyed it,” she added.
But the home galleries will be cheering on Stupples on Sunday as she aims to become the first British winner of this event since 1991. Stupples conceded it was not the best of days for her and that she was expecting someone to make a huge move up the leaderboard and thanked the fact she had a three shot cushion at the start of the day.
“I knew people would come out today and shoot good scores and they did, especially Minea shooting 10 under,” said Stupples.
“That showed that the course was just out there for the taking today. But I’m still only one shot off the lead, so I’m in there and I’m delighted to have a good chance tomorrow.
“It would be nice to get off to a good start tomorrow and put some pressure on the leaders, especially with the par fives to kick us off. The leaders will be nervous, because you’ve got to be, otherwise you’re not human, so no doubt, I’ll be nervous, too, but I do need to get off to a good start.”