With calm winds, Daniel, Neumann roll in Round 3

May 15, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

WILMINGTON, N.J. — WILMINGTON, Del. -- With the winds calmer than the first two days, Liselotte Neumann and Beth Daniel finally got some putts to drop yesterday, and the results were two of the best rounds of the McDonald's LPGA Championship at Du Pont Country Club.

Neumann highlighted a 4-under-par 67, the best round of the tournament so far, with an eagle at the second hole. Daniel "pitched a tantrum" after the eighth hole -- a buildup of frustration over her first 2 1/2 rounds -- and went on to make three birdies on the back nine.

Neumann struck a 5-iron shot 170 yards at the 400-yard second hole; the ball hit in front of the green and rolled into the cup. She added three birdies on putts of up to 25 feet and had one bogey. It put her at 1-over 214 for three rounds.

"I had a really bad start in the first round, 4 over after six holes, but I have been playing really well," said Neumann, whose first [of two] tour victory was in the 1988 U.S. Women's Open at Baltimore CC.

"After that, I tried to be really patient. From there, I made 22 pars in a row. I've been hitting a lot of greens, and this time, the putts started to fall in."

Daniel produced the round she had been looking for all week, hitting 16 greens and all but two fairways in posting 68--214.

After taking three from the fringe at No. 1 for bogey, Daniel made a 30-foot birdie putt at the fourth. A succession of missed 10-footers followed.

"It wasn't pretty," she said of the tantrum, in which she slapped her glove against her thigh, banged her hands together, stomped around, and, finally, on the ninth tee, kicked around a water bottle.

"I think it did help," she said. "It got me worked up. It takes a lot to make me mad, but when I do, I'm terrible."

"I told my caddy [Greg Sheridan] I wasn't smiling for the rest of the round, even if I made a hole-in-one."

Daniel went on to play herself back into the tournament with three successive birdies.

Barrett relaxes

A more relaxed Tina Barrett hit the ball better than she had the first two days, and it was reflected in a bogey-free round of 3-under-par 33-35--68 and a 54-hole total of 218.

"All the pressure was off," she said, "and then I birdied the first hole [after a 5-wood shot to 10 feet]. It was a lot more comfortable than the first two days, and the weather was better."

The round marked her third 68 in as many years here. Two years ago, it came in the opening round and left her one shot out of the lead. Last year, she birdied the last three holes to get to 3 under and her best 72-hole total here, 284 and a tie for 18th.

Miscellaneous

Among the 80 players, the low rounds were Neumann's 67, 68s by Barrett and Daniel, and five 69s, two of which propelled Laura Davies and Meg Mallon into a share of the lead. . . . The last time Alice Ritzman was a major factor for an entire tournament was at last year's Oldsmobile Classic in East Lansing, Mich. She led by one after the first round, then was tied with Betsy King after the next two, ahead by one each time. She shot 71 on Sunday and ended in a three-way tie for second, one shot behind winner Jane Geddes. . . . Ritzman's best championship finish has been seventh at Bethesda CC two years ago.

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