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Sorenstam takes lead in seeking 10th title

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published November 10, 2002

OTSU, Japan -- Annika Sorenstam took a big step toward winning her 10th LPGA title of the year, shooting 7-under-par 65 Saturday for a one-stroke lead in the Mizuno Classic.

Sorenstam hit a 4-wood 210 yards to set up a 20-foot eagle putt on No. 17 and holed a 12-foot putt for birdie on No. 18. She birdied both par-5 holes on the front nine.

"I had a great round today," said Sorenstam, the defending champion. "Hopefully, I can keep it going."

South Korea's Grace Park, coming off a victory last week in the World Ladies Match Play Championship in Narita, Japan, was a stroke back along with compatriot Gloria Park. Both shot 69s.

Sorenstam is going for her 12th worldwide title of the year. But she has struggled since winning the Samsung World Championship on Oct. 6 for her fourth straight worldwide victory and 40th career LPGA Tour title.

SENIOR SLAM: Fuzzy Zoeller shot 5-under-par 67 for a three-stroke lead after one round at Superstition Mountain, Ariz.

Zoeller birdied three of the first six holes to overtake Don Pooley, made birdie at Nos. 10 and 16 and parred the 18th by two-putting from 40 feet.

"I haven't played the course enough to know which greens are fast," the PGA Seniors' Championship winner said. "I'm putting back up the hole into the mountain, I've got to think it's kind of slow. It kind of caught me off guard."

Pooley and Stewart Ginn shot 70s on the 7,140-yard Lost Gold Course, and Jim Thorpe offset five birdies with three bogeys and double bogey for 72.

The unofficial money tournament, which concludes today, features this year's four major championship winners. The champion will pocket $300,000 of the $600,000 purse.

"Every one of us wants to get our name on that trophy," Zoeller said. "You know, the money's great, yes, but that trophy is history."

Thorpe won the Tradition, Pooley won the U.S. Senior Open and Ginn was the Senior Players' Championship winner.

VOLVO MASTERS: Bradley Dredge of Wales birdied the last two holes for par 71 in strong wind to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds at Sotogrande, Spain.

Dredge was at 3-under 210, a shot ahead of Angel Cabrera (76) and Colin Montgomerie (72).

"I haven't been in this situation," Dredge said. "I'll just put my blinkers on and do my own thing."

Cabrera shot 63 in the opening round but his score soared Saturday in the gusts on the Valderrama course.

Dredge, Cabrera and Montgomerie were the only players under par entering the last round. Justin Rose of England was at par 213 after 73.

"This is proper golf for me," Montgomerie said. "I enjoy this a lot more than having to shoot 26 under to win."

Padraig Harrington of Ireland finished one shot ahead of Retief Goosen, but the South African still is in good position to retain the Order of Merit title. Neither is in contention at this tournament.

OBITUARY: Jim Cook, University of Memphis coach for 32 years, died at his Memphis home early Friday. He was 62.

Memphis, which competes in Conference USA, won the DePaul Blue Demon Invitational in October and placed in the top five in all five fall events it played.

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