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Sorenstam Sisters Lead Golf Tourney

December 2, 2000

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ Swedish sisters Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam combined for a 5-under-par 67 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the inaugural Women’s World Cup of Golf.

Australia’s Karrie Webb and Rachel Hetherington were a stroke back after the alternate-shot round. Americans Meg Mallon and Juli Inkster were tied for ninth in the 16-team field after a 73.

The Sorenstams had seven birdies, six on the front nine.

``Foursomes is a little tricky. You only get one chance, so I think we had a great start. We made seven birdies, which is phenomenal in this format,″ said Annika Sorenstam, a five-time winner this year on the LPGA Tour.

``There are still a lot of teams in the running. We are going to go out tomorrow and focus on our game like we did today.″

The teams will play a best-ball round Saturday, and the event will close Sunday with aggregate stroke play.

``We shot 4 under and could have been two or three shots better,″ Webb said. ``We just got ourselves into a good position on the first day, which is what you needed to do.″

Scotland’s Janice Moodie and Catriona Matthew opened with a 71, and Colombian sisters Marisa and Cristina Baena topped a five-team group at 72.

England’s Laura Davies and Trish Johnson and Canada’s Lorie Kane and A.J. Eathorne joined Inkster and Mallon at 73.

``It’s a really hard format, and neither one of us felt very comfortable today and it showed a little bit,″ Mallon said. ``But we hit 13 greens and had a lot of birdie opportunities. So, hopefully we will make them the next two days.″

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