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Up-and-down Sorenstam leads

By TIMES WIRES
Published October 14, 2006


PALM DESERT, Calif. - Annika Sorenstam pulled away early and had to catch up late Friday on what turned out to be a tumultuous second round for just about everyone in the Samsung World Championship.

When it ended as clouds began to hover over Bighorn, Sorenstam nearly holed a sand wedge on the 18th hole for a tap-in birdie that salvaged 1-under 71 and left her atop the leaderboard with Sophie Gustafson (70) and Paula Creamer (68).

They were at 6-under 138, one shot ahead of Women's British Open champion Sherri Steinhauer, who shot a bogey-free 67.

Sorenstam hit a 9-iron to 11 feet for birdie on the second hole, then got up and down from a greenside bunker on the par-5 third for another birdie that gave her a quick lead at a tournament she is trying to win for a record sixth time.

But that changed with bogey on No. 8 and double bogey on 9.

Michelle Wie had more adventures in the desert, joining caddie Fanny Sunesson in a rock-removal project on the third hole to find a place in the sand to drop her ball, then taking double bogey when a pitch shot slammed into the bottom of the pin and caromed back some 10 feet. She took one other drop in desert fauna - that makes six rulings in two days - and shot 72 to finish eight behind.

"Is today Friday the 13th?" Wie said after her round. "Scary."

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot 71 and is nine strokes back.

pga: D.A. Points trimmed another eight shots off par to open a two-stroke lead midway through the Frys.com Open in Las Vegas. Points shot 64 at TPC Summerlin to go with his opening 65 at the par-71 TPC Canyons course. At 14-under 129, he led Todd Fischer, Tom Pernice Jr. and Aaron Baddeley.

champions: Tom Purtzer shot 7-under 65 to share the first-round lead in the Administaff Small Business Classic in Spring, Texas, with Jay Haas and Dick Mast. It was Purtzer's low round of the year and his ninth straight sub-par round to begin a tournament.

nationwide: Brandt Snedeker carded 67 for a two-day total of 11-under 133 at the Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic in Midland, Texas, increasing his lead to three over Matt Kuchar, John Merrick and Dan Buchner.

asian: Defending champ Retief Goosen shot 7-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead at 15-under 129 over Michael Campbell and Lu Wen-teh in the Volkswagen Masters in Sanya, China.

Woods to skip Disney: Tiger Woods decided not to enter the Funai Classic next week at Disney in Lake Buena Vista. It is the third straight PGA Tour event where he missed the cut and did not return the following year. He likely will not play again until the season-ending Tour Championship that starts Nov. 2 at East Lake.