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Sorenstam back on top at Eagle's Landing

STOCKBRIDGE - Whether it's one stroke or 10, Annika Sorenstam looks awfully imposing at the top of a leaderboard.

That's where she was going into the final round at Eagle's Landing Country Club.

Shrugging off a couple of rain delays, Sorenstam shot an 8-under-par 64 on Saturday - her third straight round in the 60s - and grabbed the lead at the Florida's Natural Charity Championship.

''It's been a long day. A very long day,'' said Sorenstam, who finished up in the next-to-last group just as the sun was dipping below the trees at the course south of Atlanta. ''But I'm very happy with my score. I thought I played some good golf.''

A year ago, Sorenstam had essentially wrapped up this tournament by the end of the third round, taking a 10-stroke lead to Sunday and winning by the same margin. This time, she went into the final 18 holes with a one-stroke cushion over 36-hole leader Sung Ah Yim, who posted a bogey-free 68.

''It's a little bit of a different situation than last year,'' Sorenstam said. ''But having said that, I'm in great shape for tomorrow. I'm happy with the way I'm playing. I'm hitting a lot of fairways and greens, and I'm putting well.''

Indeed, it would be a major surprise if she doesn't hang on to the lead.

Sorenstam is the only two-time winner of this event, and now she's has a chance to be the first to win it back-to-back. She's homing in on her second LPGA Tour win of the year and 68th of her Hall of Fame career.

Contrast that with Yim, a 22-year-old South Korean who's in just her second year on the LPGA Tour and has never finished higher than third. And what about the rest of the field? No one else was within five shots of Sorenstam's 17-under total of 199.

''She's really better than me,'' Yim acknowledged. ''But I'm not scared. I've just got to hit it straight. Just do it.''

The start of the third round was delayed 45 minutes by rain, and play was halted again for nearly 11⁄2 hours while thunderstorms moved through the area. The rest of the round was played in mostly sunny conditions, though the final groups barely had enough daylight to finish up.

''The last four holes, we were playing straight into the sun and straight into the wind,'' Sorenstam said. ''I was looking at the clock, hoping, wondering, 'Can we finish today?' It would have been quite a tough day (today) if we couldn't finish, have to get up early, finish and then start over.''

After teeing off late, Sorenstam was forced back to the clubhouse after playing a couple of holes. But she got things rolling with four straight birdies to finish the front nine, sinking three testy putts between 9 and 12 feet.

Gow, Lile lead in Athens

BOGART - Australia's Paul Gow shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to tie South Africa's Craig Lile for the third-round lead in the Nationwide Tour's inaugural Athens Regional Foundation Classic. Gow, a two-time winner on the developmental tour who spent last season on the PGA Tour, matched Lile (69) at 18-under 198 - five strokes ahead of their nearest rivals - on the Jennings Mill Country Club course.