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Sorenstam in position

She leads charging Creamer by a shot

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Associated Press / April 27, 2008

Annika Sorenstam struggled with her putting yesterday yet shot a 1-under-par 70 to take a one-shot lead over Paula Creamer after three rounds of the LPGA Stanford International Pro-Am at Aventura, Fla.

Sorenstam, seeking her 71st LPGA Tour victory, has won five straight times when taking a one-shot lead into the final round.

She chipped in for birdie on the second hole, then made 12 consecutive pars before a bogey at the par-3 15th. Her putter finally cooperated at 17 when she birdied the short par 3. And on the par-5 18th, after missing the island green to the left, Sorenstam squeezed a testy par putt in to hang on to the outright lead, pumping her fist as the final putt fell.

Still, if momentum carries over from one day to the next, Creamer would have a big edge.

Creamer - who hasn't finished higher than a tie for 21st in her previous three events - had a flawless, four-birdie round of 67, capped by a birdie at the finishing hole.

Creamer came to South Florida battling a strained hip, something that pained her so much she was on crutches two days before the tournament began.

Second-round leader Young Kim (73) and Momoko Ueda (67) were two strokes back.

Kim's day went awry with two bogeys in a three-hole stretch midway through the back nine, and she missed maybe the best birdie chance of the day, hitting her third into the bunker protecting the front green at the 18th.

Cristie Kerr - a South Florida native and past winner on this course, albeit 15 years ago in a junior event - was three off the lead after a 67, her day highlighted by a 118-yard wedge that dropped for eagle on the par-4 14th.

The Pro-Am event ended yesterday, with Beth Bader - who didn't make the individual cut after Friday's play - teaming with leukemia survivor Aaron Theobald to finish 25 under, two shots ahead of Kim's team in the best-ball handicap event.

PGA - Adam Scott again topped the leaderboard at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas. His solid finish, and Kevin Sutherland's bad one, made sure that happened.

Scott, at No. 10 in the world the highest-ranked player in the field, overcame two front-nine bogeys and shot a 3-under 67 to get to 8-under 202. The Australian star birdied two of the last three holes, including a 3 1/2-footer at the 429-yard 18th.

That put him three strokes ahead of a quartet of players: Sutherland (67), Bart Bryant (67), Charley Hoffman (68), and Ryan Moore (68). Sergio Garcia, after a season-best 65, was four strokes back along with Dudley Hart (66) and Jesper Parnevik (68).

Sutherland, whose only PGA Tour victory came six years ago, was at 7 under with a one-stroke lead over Scott until bogeys on the final two holes.

In his only other Nelson appearance two years ago, Scott shared the lead at the end of each of the first three rounds. A closing 71 left him in third place.

European - Darren Clarke shot a 5-under 67 in the third round to take a one-stroke lead at the Asian Open in Shanghai.

Clarke moved to 9-under 207 for a one-shot lead over second-round co-leader Robert-Jan Derksen (69). Robert Dinwiddie finished strongly to record the best round of the day, a 6-under 66, to move a stroke behind Derksen.

Champions - Tom Watson and Andy North combined for a better-ball 62 for a 23-under 121 total and a four-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf at Savannah, Ga.

Brad Bryant and Lonnie Nielsen (60) were tied for second with Jeff Sluman and Craig Stadler (63).

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