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  • Webb hangs onto 1-shot lead at HSBC

  • SINGAPORE — Karrie Webb broke out of a slump with three key birdies on the back nine Saturday to hold onto a one-stroke lead after the third round of the HSBC Women's Champions.
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  • SINGAPORE — Karrie Webb broke out of a slump with three key birdies on the back nine Saturday to hold onto a one-stroke lead after the third round of the HSBC Women's Champions.
    Webb, the 2011 champion, has led every round this week. She shot a 70 to move to 11-under 205 overall.
    The veteran Australian will play against another former champion in the lead group today — 2012 winner Angela Stanford. The American matched Webb birdie-for-birdie over the final five holes to shoot a 69.
    The top of the leaderboard remains tight after a momentum-swinging day on which a half dozen players either shared the lead or were within a shot of it.
    Spain's Azahara Munoz fired an eagle and four birdies for a 5-under 67, the low round of the day, to surge into a third-place tie with Taiwan's Teresa Lu at 8-under 208.
    America's Paula Creamer, who briefly held the lead with Webb and Munoz, had six birdies to go with three bogeys to finish in fifth place at 7 under. Morgan Pressel of the United States was at 6 under, Norway's Suzann Pettersen was another stroke back at 5 under, and Sweden's Caroline Hedwall and South Korea's Na Yeon Choi were in joint eighth at 4 under.
    Webb, a seven-time major winner, started out the day slowly, playing her front nine at even par and then bogeying the 10th hole to go to 1 over, allowing the rest of the field to close the gap.
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