Originally created 07/31/05

Jang goes up by 5 shots



SOUTHPORT, England - Jeong Jang has played with Annika Sorenstam before - but never with this much at stake.

The South Korean will be paired with Sorenstam for the final round of the Women's British Open today, as she tries to protect a five-stroke lead and win the first tournament of her six-year LPGA career.

"I am going to be nervous but not because of being with Annika, just being the leader," said Jang, who shot 3-under-par 69 on Saturday to move to 13-under 203 for the tournament at Royal Birkdale.

"I will think about my golf, not think about Annika."

But, like it or not, Sorenstam will be there, and she'll be trying for her third major title of the year and 10th overall. She made sure of that by shooting a third-round 66 and pulling into a tie for second with Cristie Kerr (69) at 8-under.

"We will see what happens," said the Swede, who hasn't had a bogey since the 13th hole in the opening round. "There's a lot of golf holes out there left to be played and birdie opportunities. I am very happy with my round today and it was my best golf of the week."

Sorenstam and Jang were paired together at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in June.

"Annika won that event," Jang said. "I finished tied for fifth."

Jang, who began the day with a four-stroke lead, provided a few chances for those chasing her to make up some ground. She bogeyed the opening hole before recovering with five birdies. She just missed another birdie on the 18th when her 10-foot putt stopped inches short of the cup.

She has the best score through 54 holes since the tournament became a major five years ago.

Behind Sorenstam and Kerr are five players at 209. One of them is Michelle Wie, the 15-year-old amateur who is playing her last tournament before returning to high school.

She posted her second 67 in a row after opening with 75 in the wind and rain Thursday.

"I could have been a lot better but I'm happy with the way my score came out," said Wie, who had six birdies. "I felt really good with my iron shots today. I just couldn't putt."

Tied with Wie are Paula Creamer, the winner of last week's Evian Masters who had seven birdies and 65, Liselotte Neumann (68) and 2000 British Open champion Sophie Gustafson (67) of Sweden and another Korean, Young Kim (67).