Sorenstam was surprisingly erratic. Over the last four holes of the front nine, she missed more fairways and hit into more bunkers than she usually would in a month. On No. 6, she three-putted from 5 feet, missing a 1-footer, to close the front nine with three bogeys in four holes.
That seemed to fire her up. She made birdies on Nos. 10 and 11, saved par with a 12-footer on No. 12 and birdied the 13th. But there was a bogey at 15, a two-putt birdie at 16 and yet another bogey at 17 as she posted a third-round 73.
“Talk about a mixed bag,” Sorenstam said. “I felt very jittery. I felt very uncomfortable. I couldn’t really find anything. I felt like I had 10 cups of coffee, and I haven’t had coffee all week. If I can just kind of calm myself down and go out there and trust myself — I’m swinging well. Big day tomorrow. You have a leaderboard, a lot of names up there, some of the top names that we would expect. Hopefully everybody tunes in.”
- Saturday’s last six pairings each featured one player from Europe and one from the United States: Alfredsson/Lindley; Sorenstam/Green; Nilsmark/McGill; Johnson/Gallagher-Smith; Davies/Inkster; Matthew/Hurst. Europe came out ahead in four matches with the lone USA “win” McGill over Nilsmark. Lindley and Alfredsson tied.
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