Stupples show highlights power of British women

Kent woman makes the running in Kraft Nabisco Championship

British men's golf is supposed to be stronger going into the Masters than it's ever been, although it was a British female who was threatening to rewrite the history books last night. Karen Stupples was at the head of the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California, trying to win the second major of her career.

If the English golfer could prevail, it would mean that Britain would be holding two of the four women's majors for the first time. Catriona Matthew won the Women's British Open at Lytham last summer and Stupples has clearly been inspired by her compatriot's success. She was one stroke ahead and in her best form since lifting the British Open in 2004 at Sunningdale.

Stupples fired a four-under-par 68 on Saturday at Mission Hills Country Club in California to move to 10-under par. She had partnered Lorena Ochoa, but outplayed and outscored the world No 1. Ochoa was three shots off Stupples following a 71 and was tied for fourth with the halfway leader, Kim Song-hee of Korea.

The 36-year-old could not imagine being more nervous ahead of the final day than she had been before the third round. "Honestly, I don't think the nerves could be any worse than they were this morning," she said. "So in a way, I'm excited about that fact because I know that I was able to play this morning. And so all that it will do is make me get out there and enjoy it. I mean, look who I've got chasing me. How could I not enjoy that? That's the bottom line, that's just fantastic. I'm more excited than I can tell you."

Stupples' third round, which featured six birdies and three bogeys, placed her one shot ahead of Norway's Suzann Pettersen and Yani Tseng of Taiwan, who both had five-under 67s after an exciting series of closing holes on the Dinah Shore Championship course. "I think I got off to a bit of a great start on the front nine and I had a good lead, and the next time I look up, I'm like, 'oh, wow, Yani and Suzann and a few others are all trying to make a move'," added Supples. "And I was really excited – I mean, why not?"

In truth, the woman of Kent was just excited to be in contention. She has yet to win in America and vowed to rededicate herself to her profession in the close season. "I told my husband and my coach that I was sick of making up the numbers," she said. "I know I have the ability to win. It's just a case of going out there, working hard and proving it. Everything seems to be working out well, on and off the course. This is the first year my husband hasn't caddied for me, but he is here and looking after our little boy. Logan, our three-year-old, is fantastic. He's an absolute joy, and he's really fulfilled us. But he's not easy. We've had many sleepless nights."

Meanwhile, Stupples' fellow Briton, Lee Westwood, was trying to win his first PGA Tour title in a dozen years at the Houston Open and so become the new world No 2 in the process. Westwood was three off the lead going into last night's final round. On Saturday, he produced a remarkable fightback from a woeful opening nine. He went out in 41, but came back in 31, courtesy of five birdies. Anthony Kim also roused himself from a sluggish start to shoot a third-round 69 for a share of the lead with another American, Bryce Molder.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Ed Miliband and David Cameron are neck and neck in the polls
election 2015Armando Iannucci: on how British politics is broken
Life and Style
Great minds like Einstein don't think alike
Arts and Entertainment
Billie Piper as Brona in Penny Dreadful
tvReview: It’s business as usual in Victorian London. Let’s hope that changes as we get further into the new series spoiler alert
Life and Style
A nurse tends to a recovering patient on a general ward at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham
Arts and Entertainment
No Offence
tvReview: No Offence has characters who are larger than life and yet somehow completely true to life at the same time spoiler alert
Chuck Norris pictured in 1996
Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Lucas, I SCREAM DADDIO, Installation View, British Pavilion 2015
artWhy Sarah Lucas is the perfect choice to represent British art at the Venice Biennale
A voter placing a ballot paper in the box at a polling station
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
11 best anti-ageing day creams

11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power