Sunday, September 28, 2003

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Michelle Wie shot a 72 in yesterday's second round of the LPGASafeway Classic and is tied for 14th.

Wie shoots 72,
makes cut

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Annika Sorenstam is right where she wants to be, although she's not alone.

Sorenstam, Beth Daniel and Cristie Kerr were tied for the lead after two rounds of the LPGA Safeway Classic yesterday.

"I love being in contention. I love the challenge. This is what it's all about," said Sorenstam, the defending champion who is looking for her fifth win of the year.

They were tied at 9-under 135 and held a two-stroke lead.

Punahou freshman Michelle Wie shot a 72 and was at 3 under.

Daniel had to be the unhappiest of the three leaders as her 1-over 73 was 11 strokes worse than her opening round.

Daniel's 62 on Friday tied the course record at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club, set by Sorenstam last year, and gave her a four-stroke lead.

"I didn't hit the ball nearly as well as I did yesterday, and I putted pretty poorly," Daniel said.

Daniel didn't have a birdie, but she did eagle No. 7, a short par-5, hitting a 5-wood within 9 feet.

"It would have been nice to go out there and shoot a couple under, or 3 under, and perhaps pull away a little bit," Daniel said. "But I didn't do that. Instead, I let a lot more people have a chance to win."

Armour ties scoring record: At San Antonio, Tommy Armour III tied the PGA Tour 54-hole scoring record and extended his lead in the Texas Open to six strokes.

Armour birdied the last three holes, including a 53-foot putt on 18, to cap a 63 that left him at 21-under 189 after three rounds.

That matched the PGA Tour record set by Mark Calcavecchia at the par-71 Phoenix Open in 2001. If Armour shoots a 66 in the final round he will break the 72-hole record of 256, also set by Calcavecchia at Phoenix two years ago.

Westwood hits from 218 yards: At St. Andrews, Scotland, Lee Westwood made a 218-yard shot for a double eagle 2 on his final hole of a 10-under 62 to lead the Dunhill Links Championship by a stroke.

He used a 4-iron for his spectacular shot at the 558-yard, par-5 9th at Kingsbarns, one of three courses being used.

Darren Clarke (66) and Raphael Jacquelin (64) were one stroke behind.

Jacquelin birdied his last three holes at Carnoustie for a 64, matching the course record.

Nelson holds off Inman: At Conover, N.C., Larry Nelson's 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole gave him a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Greater Hickory Classic on the Champions Tour.

Nelson, the first-round co-leader, finished with a 69 for an 11-under 133 total at the Rock Barn course. He was one stroke ahead of Joe Inman, who shot a tour career-low 63 with nine birdies, and Bob Gilder, who also shot a 69.


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