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Webb as hungry as ever for win

Karrie Webb admits her name may not carry the same weight it once did.

It's been six years since she won a major championship, seven since she entered the World Golf Hall of Fame. She's been consistent this season -- making the cut in all 11 of her events -- but not dominant, with just two top-10 finishes.

Things aren't coming as easy as they once did, back when Webb was the female version of Tiger Woods, winning five or six times a season.

But let there be no doubt: Webb still wants to win as much today in the final round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship as she did in each of her seven previous major championship triumphs.

She's given herself a great chance, shooting 4-under 68 Saturday in the third round at Locust Hill Country Club, matching the low round of the tournament, to move to 3-under for the championship. That has her in second place, a stroke behind leader Eun-Hee Ji.

At 37, Webb could be enjoying the sunset somewhere. She's made more than $16 million in her career, which has seen her raise championship trophies 52 times worldwide.

But the LPGA Tour's active career wins leader is hungry to add to her total of 38. That's why she bristled when asked what her motivation was to compete against players 10 or 15 years her junior.

"When Phil Mickelson was 37, do you think people were asking him that? Tiger Woods is 36, no one is asking him that. I still have the same drive as those two guys. I don't put the hours in just to be out here. I want to have a chance to win. It feels great that I played well enough [Saturday] that I have a shot [today]. I'd love to hold that trophy up. That's my goal every week."

Webb was asked later about what it said about the LPGA Tour in general that players like her are asked about their age when their male counterparts on the PGA Tour don't get the same question.

"I actually don't know why that it is. Maybe you can tell me why that is," she told her questioner. "I've been a veteran since about 28, so I don't know what you call me at 37."

Dedicated would be one word that fits. Webb has added Pilates to her fitness routine in recent years, something she said has given her the core strength needed to complete a swing change over the winter.

Humbled is also a good description.

Jodi Ewart recorded the 15th hole-in-one in Rochester LPGA event history Saturday with her ace on the 15th hole. Ewart has three eagles in the first three days -- on the par-4 first hole Friday and the hole-in-one and made a three on 17th Saturday.

She's tied for 25th, two over for the tournament after an even-par round Saturday.

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The struggles continued in the third round for world No. 1 Yani Tseng. The defending champion shot 2-over 74 Saturday. At least she's heading in the right direction, going 76-75-74 in the first three rounds. That left her 9 over, in a tie for 59th place.

Tseng shot 19-under in winning in 2011.

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Third round tee times were moved up to 7 a.m. with players scheduled to go off the first and 10th holes in an effort to get play in before expected inclement weather. That lasted all of eight minutes before a rain delay of two hours, 21 minutes.

Play resumed at 9:19 a.m. with no further interruptions.

The forecast today is a steamy one: mostly sunny with a high of 86 degrees.

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