Bregman Keeps in Touch

 
Stacy Bregman of South Africa watches her tee shot from on the third tee during the third round of the BMW Ladies Italian Open, Sheraton Golf Parco de' Medici, Rome, Italy, May 23-27, 2007. Picture: Tristan Jones / LET
 
Stacy Lee Bregman continues to shine at the BMW Ladies Italian Open, at the Sheraton Golf Parco de’ Medici in Rome, a third-round 1-under par 71 keeping her in the hunt six shots off overnight leader Stefania Croce.
 

After a disappointing second round, Bregman’s form came good on Friday, her first nine holes seeing a birdie plus an eagle on the eighth, for a halfway-score of 33.
 
Bregman’s back nine saw her battle for two more birdies against three bogeys, to card a 1-under 71 for the day, and in a pack of seven for a share of 17th place.
 
After playing well for a 2-under 70 on Friday, Lee-Anne Pace struggled on Saturday with two birdies on the second nine only to offset 4 bogeys and a double for a round of 76, leaving her four-over for the tournament, trailing the leaders by fifteen shots.
 
Italy’s Stefania Croce emerged as the outright leader after the third round of the BMW Ladies Italian Open at Sheraton Parco de Medici in Italy.
 
The 37-year-old from Bergamo, who was tied for the lead with two players overnight, carded a three-under-par 69 to finish on a total of 11-under-par.
 
Stacy Bregman of South Africa watches her tee shot from on the third tee during the third round of the BMW Ladies Italian Open, Sheraton Golf Parco de' Medici, Rome, Italy, May 23-27, 2007. Picture: Tristan Jones / LETShe was one stroke clear of fellow Italian Anna Rossi, who carded a 69 to reach 10-under. Meanwhile France’s Sophie Giquel (65), Wales’ Becky Brewerton (67) and England’s Trish Johnson (69) were a shot further back on nine-under-par.
 
Croce parred each of the first nine holes but fired four birdies and one bogey on the back nine.
 
“I sank more putts on the back nine but I played the same on the front nine and I had a lot of birdie chances on the front nine as well,” said Croce, whose sole Tour victory was at the 1992 Ford Ladies’ Classic.
 
Knowing that she needed to birdie the last to take outright lead heading into the final day, she said, “Let’s go for it!” She then hit her sand wedge to eight feet from the pin and rolled in the birdie putt.
 
“It feels great to be leading in my home country but it’s a little bit tougher because everybody knows you,” said Croce, in her 15th year on Tour.
 
Croce was paired with Rossi in the final round, but confessed to not knowing her too well. The 21-year-old rookie from Treviso, a five-and-a-half hour drive north of the Italian capital, is playing in only her fourth event as a professional.
 
With only 18 holes to play, Rossi is well placed to become the first rookie winner on Tour since Finland’s Minea Blomqvist took the OTP Bank Ladies European Open in 2004.
 
The 2006 Ladies British Open Amateur Strokeplay Champion, Rossi said: “I think I can win but I don’t think about it when I play, I just play. I didn’t think about the result today so I hope I can do the same tomorrow.”
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