Sorenstam 4 shots off lead in Dubai Ladies masters

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates ' Annika Sorenstam started her final tournament as a professional golfer Thursday with a 2-under 70, putting her four shots off the lead in the Dubai Ladies Masters.
 
The Swede, who won both previous editions of the tournament, closed with back-to-back bogeys at Emirates Golf Club after starting from the 10th tee. She also double-bogeyed the 18th, but seven birdies in between kept her in good shape for the season-ending tournament on the Ladies European Tour.
 
England's Johanna Head took the opening-round lead with a bogey-free 66. Germany's Anja Monke shot 68 to be second, while compatriot Katharina Schallenberg, Sweden's Maria Boden and Italy's Veronica Zorzi were tied for third a further shot back.
 
Sorenstam started with three birdies in her first four holes before dropping a shot on the 14th. On the par-5 18th, her third shot to the green spun back into the water hazard guarding the front of the green for a double.
 
'I got off to a tremendous start. Played well for about 14 holes and collapsed on the other four, which is a bummer when you feel so good about something and then you come in with such a terrible finish,' said Sorenstam, who has 72 LPGA victories. 'I need to do a little better the next three days. It's a good start. Like I said, if I can just clean it up, I think I have a good, low round in me.'
 
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