Sorenstam uses pair of eagles to take ADT lead

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Annika Sorenstam is in charge again, and there was no disputing that.

One day after a chilly confrontation with Paula Creamer over a drop, Sorenstam put it out of her mind Friday and made two eagles on her way to a 2-under 70, giving her a two-shot lead over Hee-Won Han at the season-ending ADT Championship in West Palm Beach, Fla.

After the round, however, she wasn't pleased to hear how strongly Creamer felt about Sorenstam's drop on the 18th hole in the first round.

Creamer insisted that Sorenstam's tee shot stayed over the water during its flight, and that the 35-year-old Swede should have gone back to the tee for her third shot, instead of to a drop area about 190 yards from the hole.

The 19-year-old rookie said in her "heart of hearts," she did not think the ball ever crossed land, and she later said of Sorenstam that "it's her conscience."

"I'm mostly surprised she feels that way," Sorenstam said. "I'm disappointed that she feels that way. Obviously, she has the right to feel any way she wants. But I really didn't interpret the situation like that out there at all. For me, it was a bad shot. We were trying to figure out where to drop."

Dunlop Phoenix

This time, defending champion Tiger Woods is finding the competition tough at the Dunlop Phoenix in Miyazaki, Japan.

Woods, who easily won this tournament last year, shot a 3-under-par 67 Friday to pull within one stroke of leader Jim Furyk after two rounds.

Furyk had the day's best score, a 64 to lead alone at 9-under 131. Woods shares second with David Duval, who led after the opening round and shot a 68 Friday.

Woods entered the final round last year with a 10-stroke lead and shot a 67 to finish eight strokes ahead of Japan's Ryoken Kawagishi.

It was another strong outing for Duval, who had four birdies on the back nine after a pair of bogeys on Nos. 1 and 10.

"I feel fine," Duval said. "I'm gaining confidence. I was 2 over par after the turn and to turn it around and make those birdies coming in makes me confident about what I'm doing."

Duval, who has won 13 times on the PGA Tour and was ranked No. 1 in 1999, has made the cut only once this year -- at the Texas Open in September. He has been hampered by back and shoulder problems, and his game began to deteriorate in 2002. His last victory was at this event in 2001.

World Cup

Ricardo Gonzalez and Angel Cabrera played as if they were in a world of their own in Vilamoura, Portugal.

Coming from last place after the first round, the Argentine pair beat wind, light rain and chilly weather to shoot a 61 Friday, a World Cup record in foursomes.

Argentina's 11-under round -- six shots better than anyone else -- left it at 129, one shot behind leaders England, Sweden and Wales..

The Swedish pair of Henrik Stenson and Niclas Fasth shot 67, as did the Welsh team of Bradley Dredge and Stephen Dodd.

England's Luke Donald and David Howell, who led after the first round with a 59 on Thursday in fourball -- or better ball -- managed only a 69 at the Victoria Clube de Golfe on Portugal's southern Algarve coast.

-- From wire reports

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