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Annika beats the boys with $20,000 of skins

By Wire services
Published November 16, 2003

SINGAPORE - Annika Sorenstam earned $20,000 Saturday to lead the Tiger Skins, her first competition against male players since the Colonial.

The Swede won four skins against Retief Goosen, Jesper Parnevik and Lam Chih Bing of Singapore. She had an eagle and four birdies on the front nine of Tanah Merah's Garden course.

Sorenstam made a 6-foot eagle putt on the 504-yard, par-5 second hole for her first $5,000 skin. She took three more and $15,000 with a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-3 fifth.

"I'm always nervous," Sorenstam said. "That one skin, it felt comfortable to make eagle."

Goosen, the 2001 U.S. Open champion, was the only other player to earn a skin, taking $5,000 on the opening hole.

In May, Sorenstam became the first woman in 58 years to play on the PGA Tour when she competed in the Colonial.

WORLD CUP: The team of Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini birdied six of its first seven holes and finished with 9-under 63 and a seven-stroke lead heading into today's final round at Kiawah Island, S.C. The South Africans, who led by two going into the best-ball round, were at 14 under in the event with teams from 23 nations.

Americans Jim Furyk and Justin Leonard were tied for second at 7 under with France's Thomas Levet and Raphael Jacquelin. Both teams shot 4-under 68.

Today's round is alternate-stroke format.

TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS: Dorothy Delasin shot 4-under 68 for a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the LPGA Tournament of Champions in Mobile, Ala. Delasin was at 211, one better than Hee-Won Han, with whom Delasin shared the second-round lead.

FRANKLIN TEMPLETON SHOOTOUT: Scott Hoch and Kenny Perry shot 9-under 63 in the better-ball format for 15-under 129 and a one-shot lead over Brad Faxon and Scott McCarron (63) at Naples. First-round leaders Jeff Sluman and Hank Kuehne shot 68 and were five back.

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP: St. Petersburg's Ernie Muschner, 41, shot 5-over 76 in the final round of the 26th annual CGA Championship at Fox Hollow for 148 and a six-stroke win. "My putting saved me today because my approach shots were consistently off line," said Muschner, a 3 handicapper. Sharing second were Frank Saxon with 71, Dennis Deja with 80 and Ken Palladino with 79. Gil Day, 55, of Clearwater Beach won the senior title with two rounds of 75 to beat Odessa's Dick Ptomey, 72, who shot 72-80. Net winners were Palm Harbor's John Andrick and Clearwater's Paul Champigney in the senior division.

- Times correspondent Dave Theall contributed to this report.

[Last modified November 16, 2003, 01:34:40]


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