Sorenstam Sisters Lead Golf Tourney
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.″