Originally created 06/27/04

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Defending champion Michelle Wie won two matches Saturday to advance to the final of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Championship.

The 14-year-old sensation, who became the youngest Publinx winner a year ago, beat Jenna Pearson 5 and 4 in the quarterfinals and outlasted Angela Park 2 and 1 in the semifinals.

Wie will play Ya-Ni Tseng of Taiwan, who beat In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., 1-up in the other semifinal.

Earlier, the 15-year-old Tseng beat Ashley Grier of Hagerstown, Md., in the completion of a 22-hole third-round match, then ousted Hannah Jun of San Diego 7 and 5 in the quarterfinals.

Rochester LPGA

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Kim Saiki remained on course for her first victory in 13 years on the LPGA Tour, shooting a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over Rosie Jones in the Rochester LPGA.

Saiki, a 38-year-old Californian who has four career runner-up finishes, had a 13-under 203 total. Jones, looking for her third victory in seven years on the Locust Hill course, shot a 67.

Candie Kung (73) was five strokes back at 8 under, and Annika Sorenstam (71) topped a four-player group at 7 under.

Bank of America Championship

CONCORD, Mass. -- Tom Purtzer shot a 5-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead over Walter Hall and John Jacobs into the final round of the Bank of America Championship.

Purtzer had an 11-under 133 total on the Nashawtuc Country Club course. Jacobs shot a 67, and Walter Hall had a 68. Tom Kite (69), Jerry Pate (68) and John Harris (70) were three back at 8 under.

French Open

VERSAILLES, France -- Jean-Francois Remesy moved into position to become the first Frenchman to win the French Open in 35 year, matching the course record with 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round.

Remesy had a 12-under 201 total. Remesy's 65 on the remodeled Albatross course at Le Golf National, equaled the course record set earlier in the day by England's Paul Casey.

Australia's Richard Green (66) was 9 under.