Originally created 03/19/00

Webb shares lead with Sorenstam

PHOENIX -- Karrie Webb, trying to become the first player in 22 years to win four consecutive LPGA tournaments, shared the lead with the Sorenstam sisters, Annika and Charlotta, after Saturday's third round of the Standard Register Ping tournament.

All three leaders struggled in the brisk desert winds and on greens that have grown increasingly firm in the warm, dry weather to finish at 8-under-par 208 through 36 holes at The Legacy Golf Resort, a new course bereft of trees or hardly any other windbreaks.

Three player were two shots back at 6-under 210 -- Susie Redman, Carin Koch and Mi Hyun Kim. Six others were at 5-under 211. Redman and Koch had Saturday's best rounds with 4-under 68s.

The Swedish sisters played together in the final group for the first time in an LPGA event, with Annika entering the third round with a one-shot lead over her sister and Webb.

Charlotta and Webb both shot even-par 72 on Saturday, while Annika had a 73.

Considering the way they played, all three were happy to still be in the lead.

"I'm a little surprised," Webb said, "but I know how tough it played for me. I didn't play very good golf, but it doesn't help when you have to play so defensively. I just had one of those days where I didn't have very good numbers into the greens. I always in between clubs, and that makes it even harder when you're allowing so much release on the greens."

Webb has won all four tournament she has played this year, including the Australian Women's Open, which is not an LPGA event. If the Australian star can win Sunday, then next week in The Nabisco Championship, she would tie the record for consecutive LPGA victories of five set by Nancy Lopez in 1978.

She is playing down the streak's significance.

"The streak is not going to continue if I don't win the golf tournament," she said, "so I've really just got to think about that."

Annika said she is looking forward to a rematch with Webb after their thrilling battle at the Takefuji Classic two weeks ago in Hawaii. In that tournament, Webb forced a playoff with a birdie on the 18th, then won with another birdie on the 18th in the playoff.

"It's going to be fun tomorrow," she said. "This could be kind of my revenge tomorrow. It seems like Karrie's playing well, too. I think it's going to come down to the last few holes, I really do."


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