Angela Stanford spoiled Michelle Wie's bid for a victory in her first start as an LPGA Tour member, overcoming a three-stroke deficit to win the season-opening SBS Open by three shots Saturday in Kahuku, Hawaii.
Stanford closed with a 2-under 70 for a 10-under 206 total at wind-swept Turtle Bay, giving the Texan her fourth career win and third in seven starts. Wie had a disappointing 73 for her second straight runner-up finish in the tournament.
The 19-year-old hometown favorite was cruising along, but made a double bogey on No. 11 that gave Stanford the opening she needed.
Down by a stroke with six holes to play, Stanford used her irons to shoot her way back to the top of the leaderboard. She birdied three straight holes to reach 10 under and take a two-stroke lead over Wie with three holes to play.
The late birdie flurry provided Stanford complete momentum, while Wie helplessly watched. Wie had a chance to cut into Stanford's lead on No. 16, but lipped out a 3 1/2 -foot birdie putt. She then bogeyed No. 17.
Johnson has a 4-shot lead at Pebble BeachDustin Johnson followed his plan by overpowering the par 5s at Poppy Hills for a 5-under 67, giving him a four-shot lead over Mike Weir heading into a final round of uncertainty at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Whether the 24-year-old Johnson is capable of winning for the second time in his last nine starts is not the issue.
The question is whether he gets to play.
Spots of sunshine returned to the Monterey Peninsula for the third straight day as the celebrities and their follies took over Pebble Beach, but the forecast is gloomy for the final round — an 80 percent chance of rain, expected to be heavy at times.
Pebble Beach has not had a Monday finish since Tiger Woods' great rally in 2000, and it was 10 years ago this week when the late Payne Stewart birdied his final hole for a one-shot lead after 54 holes, which turned into victory when rain shortened the tournament.
Elsewhere Gil Morgan shot a flawless 7-under 65 and finished tied with Tom Jenkins after two rounds of the Allianz Championship, benefiting greatly from a late collapse by Bernhard Langer in Boca Raton, Fla. ... Two-time defending champion Karrie Webb shot her second straight 2-over 75, but remained just two strokes behind South Korea's Lee Chang-hee after the leader also shot a third-round 75 in in the Australian Women's Open in Melbourne. ... Australian Adam Blyth shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times