Wie remains in contention to win LPGA card for '09
Michelle Wie offset her mistakes with enough birdies yesterday, shooting a par 72 that left her two shots behind and still in good shape at the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla.
offset her mistakes with enough birdies yesterday, shooting a par 72 that left her two shots behind and still in good shape at the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Mollie Fankhauser shot a 66 on the tougher Legends course, host of all the top players in the third round, and finished at 12-under-par 204. She has a one-shot lead over Japan's Shiho Oyama, who had a 71.
Wie was another shot behind at 10-under 206 with Stacy Lewis, who made 12 straight pars until finishing with a birdie for a 71. Lewis won an NCAA title at Arkansas on the Legends course at LPGA International.
The 90-hole tournament concludes tomorrow with 20 players earning their LPGA cards for 2009.
In other golf news:
* Sweden's Henrik Stenson led by six shots through 10 holes of the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, before play was suspended because of lightning.
* The 2009 Indian Masters was canceled because of security fears following the Mumbai terror attacks and difficulties finding a sponsor during the global economic downturn. The European Tour Event was to have been played from Feb. 5-8 at the Delhi Golf Club.
* Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal won a World Cup downhill race in Beaver Creek, Colo., a year after a crash ended his season. The Americans had trouble on the fast Birds of Prey course. Bode Miller wiped out after clipping his left ski on a gate, Marco Sullivan wound up too wide on a turn burning by a gate and Andrew Weibrecht flew into the air before becoming ensnared in protective fencing. He suffered only a bloody nose. Steven Nyman turned in the top U.S. finish, seventh.
* Defending World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, won the first women's downhill of the season, a race in Lake Louise, Alberta.
* Frank Rommel won a men's World Cup skeleton race in Altenberg, Germany, and Anja Huber won the women's event to give Germany a sweep of all four races this season.
* Wings transition player John Christmas, a Lower Merion High and University of Virginia product, will take the upcoming season off to establish a non-profit program to educate children in Philadelphia about lacrosse and the importance of positive thinking.
* Courtney Barg scored in the 15th minute and Notre Dame beat Stanford, 1-0, to reach the championship of the NCAA Women's College Cup. The Fighting Irish will play the UCLA-North Carolina winner tomorrow.
* Wait a While, third-place finisher in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Oct. 24, tested positive for excessive levels of procaine, a local anesthetic.
* World and Olympic champion hurdler Liu Xiang had successful foot surgery in Houston.
* With NBA star Yao Ming offering a message of support, China entered its bid to host basketball's world championship in 2014. Italy and Spain also made presentations to the sport's governing body. *