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Ochoa hangs on to 1-stroke lead

By wire services
Published March 20, 2005


SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. - Lorena Ochoa let slip a commanding lead with double bogey on the 16th hole, finishing with 1-under 71 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Safeway International.

Ochoa, a 23-year-old Mexican star who won twice last year as an LPGA Tour sophomore, had 13-under 203 total. Playing partner Soo-Yun Kang was second after 70, and defending champion Annika Sorenstam (72) was four back at 9 under in the unusually humid, cool conditions.

Rookie Brittany Lincicome of Seminole shot 66 to join Juli Inkster (69) at 8 under, and Rosie Jones had 64 - the best round of the tournament - to finish at 7 under.

Lincicome made six birdies and no birdies. Her previous best finish this season was tied for 40th at the SBS Open.

Jones had nine birdies and was on pace for 63, which would have tied the Prospector Course record until a bogey at No. 15.

Siew-Ai Lim, who shared the first-round lead with Ochoa, shot 73 and was seven back.

Teen amateur Michelle Wie shot 73 to finish at 3 under.

Pair shares Futures lead

OLDSMAR - Becky Iverson and Sarah Jane Kenyon shot 68 to tie for the lead at 3-under-par 141 in the Tampa Bay Futures Classic, the second event on the Futures Tour.

Kristy McPherson, Cristina Baena, Dana Lacey and Jen Hanna were one stroke back on East Lake Woodland's South Course. Baena, of Pereira, Colombia, shot the day's best round, 67.

Kenyon, a 20-year-old rookie from Queensland, Australia, needed just 25 to improve to 68 after opening with 73. "I'm just going to try and do the same thing (today)," she said, "and try and keep putting well."

Iverson of Gladstone, Mich., did not have a bogey, hitting 15 greens to Kenyon's 10.

Clearwater's Jenny Gleason was at 3-over 147, with Brooksville's Kelly Lagedrost at 149. Tampa's Jennifer Carter shot 82 to miss the cut.

First-round leader Lori Atsedes followed her 68 with 75.

- C.J. RISAK, Times correspondent

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Mark Johnson shot 8-under 63 for a three-stroke lead over former University of Houston coach Keith Fergus (66) after the second round of the Toshiba Senior Classic at Newport Beach, Calif. Johnson, the qualifying tournament winner known as the "Beer Man" because he drove a Budweiser truck for 18 years before turning pro, was 12 under. First-round leader Gil Morgan (70) was 7 under.

EUROPEAN PGA TOUR: Colin Montgomerie (68) and Paul Casey (68) shared a one-stroke lead with Chawalit Plaphol at 16-under 200 at the TCL Classic in Sanya, China.

PALMER MUSEUM: The U.S. Golf Association will name an expansion of its museum at its headquarters in Far Hills, N.J., for Arnold Palmer, the first to win the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open. The USGA said in a press release the 22,000 square-foot addition to the museum will cost more than $16-million and open in 2008.