Originally created 02/20/00

Webb in lead after three rounds



MELBOURNE, Australia -- Karrie Webb shot a 4-under-par 69 Saturday to take a two-shot lead into Sunday's final round of the Australian Women's Open golf tournament at Yarra Yarra.

Fellow Australian Rachel Hetherington had a 68, the best round of the day, to finish two strokes back of Webb's three-round total of 206. Britain's Laura Davies is third, three shots behind Webb after a 70 Saturday.

Australian Wendy Doolan is all alone in fourth place at 210, four shots back of Webb after a 69 Saturday.

Davies, a winner on the U.S. LPGA tour last week, had six birdies -- three in a row from the seventh and a similar streak from the 15th. But she also dropped three shots as the strong wind and heat combined to make it a tough test.

"I started badly but got it back with the birdie runs but I'm disappointed I didn't make it four in a row at the 18th to stay just two behind Webbie," she said. "But I'm still in with a chance tomorrow."

Webb, two ahead overnight, moved four in front when she made an eagle from 10 feet at the 17th. But she then dropped shots at the ninth and 11th while Hetherington, a two time winner in the United States last year, mounted a charge.

Hetherington, who won twice in Europe in 1995 before moving to the U.S., had seven birdies to raise hopes of winning her first professional title in her home country.