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Teske leads Sorenstam

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published November 24, 2002

WEST PALM BEACH -- Rachel Teske does not have Hall of Fame credentials like her challengers in the ADT Championship. At least she has the lead.

Teske made a 15-foot birdie on the 18th Saturday to finish 4-under 68 at blustery Trump International and take a one-stroke lead over Annika Sorenstam and defending champion Karrie Webb.

The LPGA Tour's final tournament of the year comes down to those three.

Teske, whose two victories this year include a five-stroke comeback against Sorenstam, had seven birdies and was 10-under 206.

Sorenstam, aiming for her 11th victory this season, recovered after plodding along with mostly pars. She move into contention with a 5-iron into 15 feet for eagle on the par-5 15th and finished with 70.

She lost the lead, but she was not worried.

"I'm in the position I want to be in, and I feel good about my game," Sorenstam said. "It's been a long year, and three tough rounds. Tomorrow is the day."

Most of the attention figures to be on Sorenstam and Webb, the best players on the LPGA Tour the past seven years.

They have alternated winning the money title and Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average. They have combined to win 10 majors. Both have won enough to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame.

Both will be chasing Teske.

"I believe if I'm playing, I have a chance to win," Teske said. "If I didn't think I could win, I wouldn't be in this position."

FRANKLIN TEMPLETON SHOOTOUT: Former Florida Southern teammates Rocco Mediate and Lee Janzen birdied eight of their first 10 and took a three-shot lead after the second round in Naples. Each made six birdies in the better-ball format for 12-under 60 and 19-under 125 total. First-round leaders John Huston and Jeff Maggert were second at 16 under.

Three teams were five shots back: Dudley Hart and Jeff Sluman, Matt Kuchar and David Gossett and Mark O'Meara and John Cook.

CALLAWAY INVITATIONAL: Mark Brooks shot 4-under 68 for a two-stroke lead over Duffy Waldorf (69) in Pebble Beach, Calif. Brooks, a seven-time winner on the PGA Tour, had 13-under 203 in the tournament that features PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour players. Wendy Ward (73), who began one stroke off the lead, was at 209.

DUNLOP PHOENIX OPEN: Tiger Woods (69) was 5-under 208, eight behind leader Kaname Yokoo (69) in Miyazaki, Japan. Darren Clarke eagled the 18th for 65, moving within a stroke of the lead. Woods, in his first tournament since the Tour Championship in Atlanta almost three weeks ago, missed a 5-foot eagle on the par-5 18th.

ASIAN OPEN: Maarten Lafeber shot 1-under 71 for a one-stroke lead in Ta Shee, Taiwan. Lafeber, who opened with consecutive 66s, was 13-under 203. Padraig Harrington and Trevor Immelman shot 68 for 12 under, and American Andrew Pitts (69) was three back. John Daly (70), honoring his mother's wishes by playing after her death Thursday, was 11 back.

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