Sorenstam Leads LPGA Event by Two
Aug. 22, 1998
MALMO, Sweden (AP) _ Annika Sorenstam shot her second straight 71 Saturday and took a two-stroke lead over Helen Alfredsson, another Swedish star on the LPGA Tour, after three rounds of the Compaq Open.
Sorenstam had a 4-under-par 212 going into Sunday's final round.
``But a two-stroke lead is nothing in this wind,'' said Sorenstam, a two-time former U.S. Open champion ranked No. 1 in the world. ``Anything can happen, already on the first hole. Helen is a tough competitor. If she gets a good start, she's difficult to beat.''
Alfredsson, who won the 1993 Dinah Shore for her only major victory, had a 70 Saturday and was one shot ahead of Johanna Head of Britain.
Laura Davies, the big-hitting British star who is looking for a Swedish double after winning the Chrysler Open in Goteborg a month ago, also had a second straight 71 and was alone at 216.
Kelly Robbins, the top American in the tournament, slipped to a 77 and shared seventh at 219. She broke the course record with a 67 Saturday.
Karrie Webb of Australia shot a 73 for a 220 total. Two former U.S. Open champions, Alison Nicholas of Britain and Liselotte Neumann of Sweden, also struggled. Nicholas had a 75-223, Neumann 74-224.