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Sorenstam shares lead in Round 2

AP , RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIAAP, PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA

Annika Sorenstam is comfortable with her game, which means everyone else at the Kraft 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 did it in her typical fashion, playing with methodical consistency on a day when other players couldn't help but make mistakes.

"I'm right where I want to be and excited about that," Sorenstam said. "I'm playing well and I couldn't have asked for a better start."

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.

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

Sorenstam is trying to win her fifth tournament in a row.

PGA Tour official Mark Russell sat before a microphone at The Players Championship, once again fielding questions about weather problems.

Seven of the 13 tournaments this season have been mucked up by the weather.

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