Candie Kung had a simple explanation for her 1-up quarterfinal victory over Annika Sorenstam yesterday in the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship in Gladstone, N.J.
"I made one more putt than she did. That's how I won," Kung said.
Sorenstam, never comfortable with the slow pace on Hamilton Farm's rain-soaked greens, blew a two-hole lead with four to play.
"Of course I'm disappointed," Sorenstam said. "I had a great chance -- 2 up with four to go. . . . Sometimes it just doesn't go your way. To finish with a bogey doesn't make you very happy."
After conceding a two-foot par putt to the eighth-seeded Kung on the par-4 18th, the top-seeded Sorenstam slid her eight-foot par try right of the hole to end a frustrating week on the greens. Kung will face 60th-seeded Marisa Baena in today's semifinals. Baena beat Karrie Webb, 2 and 1.
In the other semifinal, 14th-seeded Wendy Ward will play Meena Lee, a 23-year-old rookie seeded 47th. Ward beat 59th-seeded Sophie Gustafson, 2 and 1, and Lee held off No. 39 Pat Hurst, 1 up.
* PGA TOUR: Ben Curtis rolled in a three-footer on No. 18 for a birdie and a share of the lead with Jim Furyk at the Western Open in Lemont, Ill. Curtis, who shot a 5-under-par 66, and Furyk (67) are at 201 after 54 holes.
Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh had rough starts but have bounced back. Woods shot a 67 and is tied for fourth with Shaun Micheel at 206, five strokes back. Singh flirted with the course record of 63 before settling for a 65 that leaves him six strokes back.
Tim Herron (70) is alone in second at three strokes back. Second-round leader Chris Couch struggled to a 74 and is at 207.
* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Ron Streck is in the lead entering the final round of a tournament for the first time in his professional career. Streck, looking for his first Champions Tour title, followed his first-round 62 with a 3-under 68, staying two strokes in front with a 12-under 130 total after 36 holes of the Commerce Bank Championship in East Meadow, N.Y.
Tom Jenkins had a second-round 63 on the 6,989-yard Red Course at Eisenhower Park and is tied for second with Dave Eichelberger (67) and Craig Stadler (68).
* VIRGINIA AMATEUR: Billy Hurley moved into some elite company, drubbing Jason Pool, 9 and 8, in the 92nd VSGA State Amateur championship to become the seventh player to successfully defend.
Hurley's victory was the third-largest in the 92-year history of the tournament. It also lifted him into a group with Curtis Strange, Vinny Giles, Chandler Harper, Tom McKnight, John Rollins and Jay Woodson as back-to-back champions.
"That's quite an honor, to be on there twice with some of those names," said Hurley, a 23-year-old Navy ensign who is stationed in Annapolis. "There's a long way to go to accomplish half of what some of those names have accomplished."
Hurley won eight consecutive holes in the morning round, leading 8 up at the scheduled midpoint and winning after just 28 of 36 scheduled holes at the 6,988-yard James River Course at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond.
"He basically hit one bad golf shot," said Pool, 29. "Watching him play, that's definitely a nice learning experience."