Sorenstam Still In the Hunt In Sweden


Ladies European TourLODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- Liselotte Neumann shot a 2-over 74 Friday in rainy conditions to lead Gwladys Nocera by one stroke after the second round of the Scandinavian TPC.
Tournament host Annika Sorenstam shot 75 to share sixth place on a windy day at the Barseback course.
Nocera, the only player to break par with a 69, finished one shot ahead of Minea Blomqvist (72), Suzann Pettersen (72) and Carin Koch (74), who tied for third. Sorenstam was tied for sixth with fellow Swede Helen Alfredsson.
``It was horrible, no fun at all,'' Sorenstam said. ``It was a really tough day -- it was windy, rainy and cold. I just wanted to finish and have a cup of coffee in the clubhouse.''
The cut came at 10 over -- the highest of the year on the Ladies European Tour (LET).
Neumann, who won the 1988 U.S. Open to become the first Swedish major winner, finished at 2-under 142. She birdied the first hole, but bogeyed the third when she missed a short putt, and did the same on the fifth hole.
The wind picked up and Neumann bogeyed the eighth, the first of five seaside holes.
``I hit my tee shot and the ball went out to the right and into the trees,'' Neumann said. ``It was really a battle out there today.''
Neumann made another bogey on the 13th, then birdied three straight holes before finishing with a total of six bogeys.
The 39-year-old Neumann has played well recently, finishing tied for fifth in last week's Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale, the final major of the year.
Sorenstam had an up-and-down round that included four birdies, five bogeys and one double-bogey on the 16th.
``I don't know what happened there,'' Sorenstam said. ``I played the 15th well and I felt good on the (16th) tee when I hit the ball, but when I looked up I saw the ball going into the trees.''
Last year, Sorenstam won the event, then known as the HP Open.
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