Recari maintains lead in Carlsbad

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Updated: March 23, 2013

Beatriz Recari carded a steady 3-under 69 on
Saturday to hang on to the top spot at the Kia Classic.

Recari, whose lone LPGA victory came at the 2010 CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge,
finished three rounds at Aviara Golf Club at 11-under-par 205.

“The last time I was in the lead heading into the fourth round was when I won,
so it feels good,” said Recari.

Karrie Webb stumbled to a pair of bogeys over her last two holes en route to a
2-under 70 to fall into sole possession of second place at 9-under-par 207,
while Paula Creamer (71) and I.K. Kim (70) shared third place at minus-8.

Newly-crowned world No. 1 Stacy Lewis finished her third round with a 3-under
69 to move into a tie for fifth with Lizette Salas (70) and Cristie Kerr (71)
at 7-under.

Recari entered Saturday holding a 1-stroke lead over Webb and Creamer, but
Recari parred her first 10 holes to allow Webb to move to the top of the
leaderboard.

Webb countered a bogey at the second with five birdies over the next 10 holes
to move to 11-under for the tournament and take a 2-stroke lead over Recari
following the Spaniard’s birdie at the 11th.

Webb dropped a stroke with a a bogey at the 13th, but drove her tee shot on to
the green at the par-4 16th and 2-putted for birdie to regain her cushion.

Recari, however, also drove on to the green at the 16th with the next group
and converted her eagle putt to grab a share of first place.

Webb then hit her tee shot at the 17th into a group of trees to the right of
the fairway, resulting in a bogey to allow Recari to regain the lead.

Webb was then well short of a lengthy par attempt and 2-putted for bogey at
the last after scrambling out of a bunker to fall two strokes behind Recari,
who closed her round with a pair of pars.

“Not every time that I give myself a chance to win do I win, but that’s where
I feel the most comfortable,” Webb said. “I like to have a chance to win and
I’ve put myself in there with a good shot tomorrow. Because of my experience,
I’m comfortable there.”

Creamer traded three birdies with two bogeys over her first nine holes to hit
the turn at 8-under, and then poured in another birdie at the 11th.

But after parring the next six holes, Creamer bogeyed the last to fall three
strokes off the pace.

NOTES: Webb has 38 career LPGA victories, but her most recent win was at the
2011 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup … Recari has not recorded a bogey in any
of her three rounds this week.