Sorenstam takes lead into the final round

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Annika Sorenstam had another 1-under 69 on Saturday in the US Women's Open Golf championship to take the lead into the final round.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Annika Sorenstam had another 1-under 69 on Saturday in the US Women's Open, putting herself in perfect position to win her second major of the year by building a two-stroke lead over Jill McGill and the scrambling Juli Inkster. Sorenstam, already a winner in half of her 12 events this year, hit every fairway, missed only three greens and seized control with a rare birdie on No. 16, hitting her approach into 12 feet on the brick-hard green. "If I can continue what I'm doing, I'll be happy," Sorenstam said. At the end of a sweltering afternoon on the prairie, so hot that Sorenstam broke out an umbrella to shield herself from the sun, the super Swede was the only one under par at 208. Inkster hit only eight greens but saved par seven times to give herself a good chance at becoming the oldest US Women's Open champion. Fay Crocker was 40 years, 11 months when she won in 1955. The 42-year-old Inkster dropped a shot on the final hole by driving into the left rough, coming up well short of the green in more rough and missing a 10-footer. She had a 71. (AP)

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