Originally created 06/26/04

Sorenstam casts long shadow



PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Candie Kung and Kim Saiki share the lead after two rounds of the Rochester LPGA on Friday. It was the name four spots down the list that was drawing the attention.

Annika Sorenstam shot 6-under-par 66, the day's best round, to move into sixth place, just three shots behind the leaders.

Kung, a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour, had 68 at the tree-lined Locust Hill course and was tied at 9-under 135 with Saiki, who is winless in 13 years on tour. She had a second-round 69.

Becky Morgan was stroke back after 67, while former Rochester champions Rosie Jones (68) and Juli Inkster (69) are at 137.

Defending champion Rachel Teske is at 140 after 70.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Concord, Mass., Tom Purtzer used his position atop the leaderboard at the Bank of America Championship as a pulpit to campaign against a looming cart ban for the 50-and-over tour.

"I don't agree with the decision. It's disappointing," he said after shooting 7-under-par 65 to take the first round-lead. "I'm just going to really, really have to play good in the 10 to 12 tournaments I'm going to play next year."

John Harris had a bogey-free round, making birdie on No. 18 to move to 6 under and into second place on the 6,738-yard Nashawtuc Country Club course.

Tom Kite, who was within a stroke of the lead here in 2001 before double-bogeying 17 when his tee shot hit an airborne bird, was among four in third place at 5-under.

Purtzer won five times on the PGA Tour in a 26-year career, but after three hip operations and a back problem he was looking forward to being able to ride carts. But next year the senior tour is banning carts from all but a few tournaments.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Versailles, France, Ian Woosnam and Jean-FranEcois Remesy topped the leaderboard at 6-under after two rounds of the French Open.

Welsh veteran Woosnam shot 2-under-par 69 and Remesy had 67 to head the field at this $3.6 million event. Woosnam, up three strokes with four holes left and standing 5 under for the round, blew a chance at a clear lead when he bogeyed three straight holes from Nos. 15-17.

Australia's Richard Green shot 70 and is two strokes back. Overnight leader Darren Fichardt from South Africa birdied the first two holes to briefly hold a three-shot lead but finished with 73 - with six birdies, six bogeys, and a double-bogey.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Findley Lake, N.Y., Anthony Painter and Jeff Quinney share the lead after two rounds of the Lake Erie Charity Classic.

Quinney shot 8-under-par 64 and Painter had 66. They are at 8-under 135.

Former Thomson resident Franklin Langham is at 140.