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Annika Sorenstam keeps lead in LPGA Michelob Ultra Open


Annika Sorenstam, of Sweden, reacts to a missed birdie on the second hole during the third round of the Michelob Ultra Open LPGA golf tournament at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, on Saturday.


Former world No. 1 Annika Sorenstam outclassed top-ranked Lorena Ochoa in a head-to-head duel on Saturday to keeps a three-stroke lead after three rounds of the LPGA Michelob Ultra Open.

Swedish legend Sorenstam, a winner in 19 of the past 20 events she has led entering the final round, fired a two-under par 69 to stand on 14-under 199 after 54 holes at Kingsmill with South Korean Jeong Jang three back after a 69.

Sorenstam, who fired two of her three lowest rounds of the past two years on Thursday and Friday, seeks her 72nd career title and a US$330,000 top prize at the US$2.2 million event.

A birdie at the seventh and back-to-back 20-foot curving birdie putts at 13 and 14 gave Sorenstam a four-stroke lead on Jang after 17 holes.

But Sorenstam splashed her tee shot at 18 into the water and scrambled to rescue a bogey, her first of the week, to keep the same lead as she had when she began the round.

“I still love this place so I’m looking forward to a great day tomorrow,” Sorenstam said.

Prior to this season, Sorenstam had gone 15 months without winning an event.

Sorenstam would like to take a shot at regaining the top ranking.

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