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Sorenstam, Ochoa tie for third-round lead

By TIMES WIRES
Published August 13, 2006


STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa shot 4-under par 69s on Saturday to share the third-round lead at the Scandinavian TPC.

They were at 13-under 206 heading into the final round at the Bro-Balsta course, where Sorenstam began playing golf at age 12. Sorenstam eagled the first hole, a long par 5, and led for most of the day. She had five birdies and three bogeys.

"My round was a little bit up and down," said Sorenstam, the official tournament host. "So I have to work on getting rid of the bad parts of my game - that will be the key."

Ochoa, ranked second in the world behind Sorenstam, had four birdies in her bogey-free round.

"It will be a day to remember (today)," Ochoa said. "I always try to learn things from Annika. She knows how to play on this course. I must try to get more birdie chances during the last day. You need a good start."

Suzann Pettersen, who shot 68 with five birdies and no bogeys, trailed the leaders by two. Gwladys Nocera, the Ladies European Tour money leader from France, was another shot back after shooting 71.

Laura Davies shot 66 - one stroke off Ochoa's course record set Friday - to move within five strokes of the leaders. She's tied with Catriona Matthew (67) and Veronica Zorzi (70) at 211.

INTERNATIONAL: Even though he missed four makable birdie putts and bogeyed one of the five holes he had to play at dawn to complete his rain-delayed second round, Zach Johnson birdied five holes and eagled another for a 15-point third round and the 54-hole lead at Castle Rock, Colo.

Johnson's 27 points are one more than Steve Flesch and two more than Stewart Cink and Ian Leggatt. Tom Lehman is three points behind in fifth place.

Phil Mickelson failed to make the cut at the end of the second round.

The International is the only stop on the PGA Tour that uses the special Stableford scoring system that awards five points for eagles, two for birdies, nothing for pars and deducts one for bogeys and three for double bogeys or worse.

Johnson, 30, who won the 2004 BellSouth Classic in his first year on the tour, was among half the field of 140 golfers who had to return to Castle Pines at dawn to complete the second round. Play was delayed more than 3½ hours by a thunderstorm Friday afternoon.

CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN: Angela Stanford shot 3-under 69 to take a four-stroke lead at 203 after the third round in London, Ontario. Brittany Lincicome of Seminole shot 1-over 73 to finish the round tied for 27th at 1-over 217, 14 strokes off the lead.

U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR: Katharina Schallenberg, a 26-year-old former bank clerk from Germany, takes on 14-year-old Kimberly Kim of Hawaii for the title.

Kim, the youngest player to reach the final match, defeated Lindy Duncan, 15, of Plantation 1-up in the semifinals at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore.

Schallenberg faced Texan Stacy Lewis, 21, and won with a 4-foot putt for par on the 19th hole.

DUTCH OPEN: Damien McGrane shot 7-under 64 to take a three-stroke lead in the third round in Zaandvoort, Netherlands.

FLORIDA STATE AMATEURS: Cameron Knight of Dade City upset defending champion Kelly Gosse to make the final of the Florida State Amatuer Match Play Championship in Ocala against Brent Dorman.