Sorenstam closes in on second major title

Sunday, June 12, 2005

The second leg of the Grand Slam might be easier than the first one for Annika Sorenstam, who blew away the field Saturday in the LPGA Championship with her 14th consecutive round in the 60s to take a five-shot lead.

Despite a bogey on the final hole and again failing to make birdie on any of the par 5s at Bulle Rock, Sorenstam walked away with a 3-under 69 and a five-stroke lead.

Sorenstam also built a five-shot lead at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in late March, then cruised to an eight-shot victory in the first major championship of the year.

Laura Davies ended with a 2-over 74 that left her seven shots behind.

While Sorenstam was at 12-under 204, Michelle Wie shot a 71, leaving her in a five-way tie for third at 211.

Booz Allen Classic

Tom Kite put himself in position to become the oldest winner in PGA Tour history, birdieing three of the final four holes to take a one-stroke lead in the Booz Allen Classic in Bethesda, Md.

Kite, 55, finished with a 5-under 66 and a 10-under 203 total on Congressional's Blue Course.

Ernie Els (68), Stuart Appleby (65), Adam Scott (69), Luke Donald (67), Lee Westwood (69) and Steve Elkington (69) were a stroke back, and 16 players were within two shots of the lead.

Bayer Advantage Classic

Rain washed out play in the Champion Tour's Bayer Advantage Classic in Overland Park, Kan., reducing the tournament to 36 holes for the second straight year.

R.W. Eaks and Gil Morgan shot 5-under 67s on Friday to share the first-round lead.

-- From wire reports

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