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Sorenstam, Jones tied for lead at Nabisco

Saturday, March 26, 2005

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam is comfortable with her game, which means everyone else at the Nabisco Championship is probably playing for second place.

The most dominant player in golf shot a 3-under 69 Friday to move into a tie for the lead with 45-year-old Rosie Jones after two rounds of the first LPGA major of the year.

Sorenstam, trying to win her fifth tournament in a row, overcame a bogey on the first hole by playing the last 12 holes in 4 under to post her score early, before the wind stiffened and scores began inching upward on the Mission Hills Country Club course.

She had the lead to herself until Jones, playing in one of the last groups of the day, birdied the 18th hole to tie her at 5-under 139.

Teenage phenom Michelle Wie was one of the day's casualties, hitting it out of bounds into someone's backyard on the 16th hole for one of two double bogeys on her way to a 74 that left her at even par, five shots back.

First round co-leader Mi-Hyun Kim was in third, a stroke back, while defending champion Grace Park and Reilley Rankin were another shot behind after shooting 68s, the low rounds of the day.

Dalhousie Golf Club touring professional Karen Stupples, who shared the first round lead with Rosie Jones and Mi Hyun Kim, shot a second-round 80, but still managed to make the cut.


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