Archive for Sunday, June 8, 2003

LPGA Championship in doubt

June 8, 2003

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— Annika Sorenstam lost her two-stroke lead in the three holes she played Saturday in the LPGA Championship before rain drenched DuPont Country Club and suspended the third round.

Sorenstam and Hee-Won Han were at 7 under par when steady rain left the golf course unplayable and made it unclear whether the major championship could get in 72 holes.

The players were to return at 7:30 a.m. today to complete the third round, with hopes of starting the final round in the afternoon.

Sorenstam dropped a shot on the second hole by hitting into the rough, so thick and wet she could only advance it to the fairway. Han made a short birdie putt on No. 1.

Han was in the right rough, playing her third shot to the par-4 fourth hole, when play was suspended. Sorenstam hit her drive in the fairway.

"I think it was the right thing to do," Sorenstam said. "I noticed on the second green that it was starting to get unplayable."

Rachel Teske birdied the second hole and was at 4 under. Wendy Ward bogeyed her first three holes to fall to 2 under par.

Players will remain in the same groups for the third and fourth rounds. LPGA Tour events rarely carry over into Monday.

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