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Sorenstam tied for lead at Samsung

Posted: Sunday, October 06, 2002

VALLEJO, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam and Cristie Kerr shared the lead entering the final round of the Samsung World Championship on Saturday.

Sorenstam birdied the final hole while Kerr made a bogey as both players finished at 15 under after the third round. Sorenstam, who trailed Kerr by a shot after the second round, shot a 4-under 68. Kerr shot a 69.

Sorenstam is seeking her ninth victory of the season, which would eclipse her career best of eight, set last year. Sorenstam already has earned over $2.2 million this season, breaking her own LPGA record of $2.105 million in 2001.

Rosie Jones stayed in third after a round of 70 put her at 12 under, three shots behind the co-leaders. Se Ri Pak surged with a 5-under-par 67, marred only by a triple-bogey on No. 17.

Pak made eight birdies in her round, finishing at 11 under. She tied for fourth place with first-round leader Michele Redman, who shot a 70. Three-time champion Juli Inkster and Lorie Kane tied for sixth, each shooting a round of 70 to get to 9 under.

Michelob Championship

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Brandt Jobe shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Billy Mayfair in the Michelob Championship, while David Duval tumbled off the leaderboard.

Duval, a two-time Kingsmill winner who struggled to keep his drives out of the thick rough, ballooned to a 74, leaving him seven strokes behind Jobe entering the final round.

Jobe, whose nine career victories have come in Canada, Asia and Japan, rebounded from his lone bogey -- on the par-4 12th -- to birdie five of the last six holes, including the final four to finish at 13-under 200. Mayfair shot a 68.

Dunhill Links Championship

ST ANDREWS, Scotland -- Ireland's Padraig Harrington had a double bogey on No. 17 at the Old Course to drop into a tie with Argentina's Eduardo Romero in the Dunhill Links Championship.

Harrington, coming off Europe's Ryder Cup victory, shot a 4-under 68 to finish three rounds on the Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns at 16-under 200. Romero shot a 67.

Fiji's Vijay Singh (64) was a stroke back.

Turtle Bay Championship

KAHUKU, Hawaii -- Two-time defending champion Hale Irwin shot his second straight 3-under 69 for a share of the lead in the Turtle Bay Championship.

Irwin, a three-time winner this year and the Senior PGA Tour's career leader with 35 victories, matched Dick Mast (67), Mike Smith (69), Morris Hatalsky (69) at 6-under 138.



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