Wie falls to fourth, 6 shots back at Dubai


POSTED: Saturday, December 12, 2009

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates » In-Kyung Kim shot a 5-under 67 yesterday to take a three-stroke lead, while Michelle Wie dropped into a tie for fourth after three rounds of the Dubai Ladies Masters.

Kim, who stands at 14-under 202 overall, leads Anna Nordqvist (65) by three shots and Maria Hjorth (67) by four at the Emirates Golf Club. Hawaii's Michelle Wie, who was in second place after Thursday's round, had a 71 and is six shots behind the leader.

Wie three-putted the par-5 10th hole for her only bogey.

“;I did not get any putts in,”; Wie said. “;Hopefully, they will all go in tomorrow.”;

Kim made her only bogey of the day at No. 8.

“;Even though I am ahead, I have got to play my game,”; Kim said. “;I have to play what the golf course gives me and go out there and have some fun. Nothing is easy, so I better go and have a good sleep.”;

Martin up by four

Pablo Martin shot 9-under 63 to build a four-shot lead over Ernie Els and Edoardo Molinari after two rounds at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Malelane, South Africa.

The Spaniard was at 13 under in the event co-sanctioned by the Sunshine and European tours.

Allenby up Down Under

Robert Allenby sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to complete a 5-under-par 66 today for a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Australian PGA.

The Australian, who won last week's Nedbank Challenge in South Africa, had a 54-hole total of 9-under 204 on the par-71 Hyatt Regency resort course.

Australians Scott Strange (68) and Greg Chalmers (67) were a stroke back.

Two teams tied for lead

Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker were tied with Justin Leonard and Scott Verplank at 6-under 66 after the first round of the Shark Shootout yesterday at Naples, Fla.