Britain's Laura Davies shot a one-under-par 71 yesterday to take a three- stroke lead with a seven-under-par total of 209 after the third round of the World Championship of Women's Golf at Cheju Island, South Korea. Despite the swirling strong winds, 32-year-old Davies, the longest driver in women's golf, missed the green only twice as she picked up four birdies and three bogeys. Davies said: "It's just like playing at two different golf courses. Today was unbelievable. You need a lot of patience to play in conditions like this." The US Open champion, Annika Sorenstam of Sweden, and the Americans Dottie Mochrie and Rosie Jones share second place.Reuse content
ose Maria Olazabal has pulled out of next week's Alfred Dunhill Cup team event at St Andrew's because of a persistent foot problem which caused his withdrawal from the European Ryder Cup team last month, after having been made a wild-card selection. His manager, Sergio Gomez, told the organisers of the event that "recovery from the foot condition [a tumour between two of his toes] that has plagued Jose Maria all year has been slower than anticipated and his doctor has recommended that he take a further week's rest." His place in the Spanish team alongside Jose Rivero and Ignacio Garrido will be taken by Miguel Angel Jimenez.