Annika Sorenstam seized control early Saturday amid meltdowns by Michelle Wie and Grace Park, then pulled away with four birdies on the last five holes for a 6-under 66 and a four-shot lead in the Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert, Calif.
Sorenstam began her late charge with a bending 18-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole. She wound up at 15-under 201, making the trophy presentation today look like a formality. Sorenstam has won the last eight times when she has had a 54-hole lead, including all five times this year.
Gloria Park shot a 68 and was at 11 under.
Wie, 16, finishing with a birdie for a 1-under 71.
Ted Purdy birdied his first four holes and finished with a 7-under 65 in windy conditions to take a two-stroke lead in the Michelin Championship in Las Vegas.
Purdy's second consecutive 65 moved him to 18-under 197 through three rounds.
Steve Lowery shot a 64 to move into a second-place tie with Charles Howell III (67) and Harrison Frazar (68).
Brad Bryant shot his second straight 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over six players in the Administaff Small Business Classic in Spring, Texas.
The 50-year-old Bryant birdied seven of the first 13 holes on the Augusta Pines course.
Jay Haas, coming off his first victory on the 50-and-over tour last week in North Carolina, shot a 69 to join Hale Irwin (68), Gil Morgan (67), Dave Barr (67), Mark McNulty (68) and Morris Hatalsky (69) at 10 under.
-- The Associated Press