Saturday, May 17, 2008

Ochoa Leads, Annika Slips at Sybase Classic

Starting the day one stroke off the lead, Lorena Ochoa claimed the lead after the 2nd, (3rd), round of the Sybase Classic. She had the day's best score of -5, 67, to manage a two stroke advantage over Sophie Gustafson and Teresa Lu. Sorenstam's double bogey on 18, her 9th hole of the day, set the stage for a +1, 73 and left her five shots out of the lead going into the final round on Sunday. The four round tourney was reduced to three rounds following yesterday's wash out.

Ochoa will be tough to catch with a two stroke lead starting tomorrow's play. She won last year shooting all four rounds in the sixties. Technically she's bidding to win her 3rd Sybase in a row, although the 2006 version was played in New Rochelle. It wouldn't be tough to call her the prohibitive favorite. Come to think of it, she's the prohibitive favorite every time she chooses to tee it up. Let's hope it's a horse race, unlike Big Brown in the Preakness.

Chucky 3 Sticks Leads AT&T Classic

Charles Howell III's 67 gave him a one shot lead over Kenny Perry after the 3rd round of the AT&T Classic at TPC Sugarloaf. Charles is one of the nicest guys on tour , but has struggled of late achieving the results that have been expected of him. He's seeking his 1st win since the 2007 Nissan Open. He absolutely nukes the golf ball, which is even more impressive after you observe his slight build. Average Golfer wishes him well and hope he wins the damn thing. Two strokes behind is the trio of David Toms, Ryan Palmer, and Jonathan Byrd. Thurston Howell III had a disappointing 74 today that left him 6 strokes off the pace. A top three finish would let him off the island.

Til' next,


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