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Song celebrates birthday by holding Chick-fil-A lead

Aree Song celebrated her 18th birthday by hanging on to the lead.

To earn a place in history, all the teenager has to do is hold off Annika Sorenstam and everyone else on a daunting leaderboard at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.

Song shot a 2-under-par 70 in the third round yesterday in Stockbridge, Ga., giving herself a chance to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history.

After shooting a 5-under 67, Sorenstam, the world's No. 1 player, is just two strokes behind heading into the final round at Eagle's Landing Country Club south of Atlanta. So are Grace Park (71) and Se Ri Pak (68), the defending champion. "I've been around the lead quite a few times, not just on the LPGA Tour but in amateur golf," said Song, who stands at 11-under 205. "Hopefully, I can fall back on those experiences."

PGA -- Danny Ellis took a one-stroke lead in the rain-plagued HP Classic in New Orleans, finishing off a 9-under 63 and adding a 66 in the second round. Charles Howell (66-64) was second, and Masters champion Phil Mickelson (67-65) was three strokes back along with three others.

Seventy-seven players were unable to finish the second round. Tour officials hope to complete the third round today and play the fourth round tomorrow. Champions -- Bruce Fleisher's 4-under 68 built a four-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Bruno's Memorial Classic in Hoover, Ala.European -- Angel Cabrera shot a 9-under 63 to take a two-stroke lead in the rain-delayed Italian Open in Milan.

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