Sorenstam Keeps Lead Creamer Close Behind

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Stanford International Pro-AmAVENTURA, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam struggled with her putting Saturday, yet shot a 1-under 70 to take a one-shot lead over Paula Creamer after three rounds of the Stanford International Pro-Am.
 
Sorenstam, seeking her 71st LPGA Tour victory, has won five straight events when shes taken a one-shot lead into the final round.
 
She chipped in for birdie on the second hole, then made 12 consecutive pars before a bogey at the par-3 15th. Her putter finally cooperated at 17, however, knocking down a birdie at the short par-3. And on the par-5 18th, after missing the island green to the left, Sorenstam squeezed a testy par putt in to hang on to the outright lead, pumping her fist as the final ball fell.
 
Still, if momentum carries over from one day to the next, though, Creamer would have a big edge.
 
Creamer'who hasnt finished higher than a tie for 21st in her previous three events'had a flawless, four-birdie, no-bogey round of 67, capped by a birdie at the finishing hole.
 
It was a really good day out there, Creamer said.
 
Creamer came to South Florida battling a strained hip, something that pained her so much that she was hobbling about on crutches two days before the tournament began.
 
Seems like whenever somethings wrong with me, I always seem to play a little better, Creamer said. Well take it.
 
Second-round leader Young Kim (73) and Momeko Ueda (67) were two strokes back.
 
Kims day went awry with two bogeys in a three-hole stretch midway through the back nine, and she missed maybe the best birdie chance of the day, hitting her third into the bunker protecting the front green at the 18th.
 
Cristie Kerr'a South Florida native and past winner on this course, albeit 15 years ago in a junior event and long before it was redesigned by Raymond Floyd'was three shots off the lead after a 67, her day highlighted by a 118-yard wedge that dropped for eagle on the par-4 14th.
 
It was just a laser, Kerr said. It never left the pin. It went up there, hung on the lip for a second and went in.
 
Kerr started the day seven shots behind Kim. She opened with a birdie, had another at the par-4 fifth and got to 4 under with the eagle. She bogeyed the par-4 16th, but closed with a birdie at the par-5 18th, after her approach stopped inside 3 feet.
 
Ive been in contention twice this year already and havent been able to close the deal, said Kerr, the reigning U.S. Womens Open champion and a winner of nine other LPGA Tour events. But I know how to win.
 
Dorothy Delasin (68) was alone in sixth at 2 under.
 
The Pro-Am event ended Saturday, with Beth Bader'who didnt make the individual cut after Fridays play'teaming with leukemia survivor Aaron Theobald to finish 25 under, three shots ahead of teams anchored by Sorenstam and Maria Hjorth in the best-ball handicap event.
 
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