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Webb, Sorenstam tied at Kraft Nabisco

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2002

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- The LPGA Tour didn't have to wait long to showcase its top stars -- Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb, tied for the lead going into the final round of the first major championship of the year.

Webb, the youngest woman to win the career Grand Slam, was rock-solid from her opening tee shot and turned in the best score of the week, a 5-under 67 to grab a share of the 54-hole lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

She was at 4-under 212, tied with Sorenstam and Liselotte Neumann, who recovered from erratic tee shots with birdies on two of the last three holes.

Sorenstam, the first woman to shoot 59 and earn $2 million in one season, struggled again with her putter but still managed a 1-under 71 and was poised to become the first back-to-back winner at the Nabisco.

Shell Houston Open

THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Vijay Singh, winless on the PGA Tour since the 2000 Masters, shot a 6-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead over Darren Clarke in the Shell Houston Open.

At 18-under 198 on the TPC at The Woodlands, Singh matched the tournament 54-hole record for relation to par set by Curtis Strange in his 1980 victory at the par-71 Woodlands Country Club.

Clarke, from Northern Ireland, shot a 67. Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal was five strokes back at 203 following a 64 -- his best round of the year and the lowest round of the week.

Emerald Coast Classic

MILTON, Fla. -- Dave Eichelberger shot his second straight 5-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over Doug Tewell in the Emerald Coast Classic.

Tewell shot a 63 on The Moors course.

Lanny Wadkins (63) was third, four stokes back at 134. Hubert Green (66) was at 135, and Dale Douglass (63), Tom Jenkins (68) and first-round leader Dana Quigley (73) followed at 136.

Douglass, 66, become the second-youngest pro to better his age. Joe Jimenez was 65 when he shot a 63 in the 1991 GTE Northwest Classic.



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