Play Canceled Sorenstam Loses Lead

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WILMINGTON, Del. -- Instead of grinding it on the fairways in the third round of the McDonalds LPGA Championship, there was Annika Sorenstam in her hotel room, curled up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea and watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
 
She had played three holes Saturday when the tournament was postponed for the day. Tournament organizers will try again early Sunday morning, hoping to play as many holes as necessary to finish the tournament. Annika might have done just well to have watched Finding Nemo. Nemo could have swum up the 18th fairway at DuPont Country Club, with the amount of rain it has absorbed during the week.
 
Sorenstam made a bogey on the second hole Saturday when her drive found the wet rough, forcing a pitch-out. Hee-Wan Han birdied the first hole and suddenly the championship is tied, both players standing at 6-under par.
 
Saturday was a tough day to be playing golf, unless you were Kelli Keuhne, who was 4-under after playing eight holes, or Lorena Ochoa, who was 3-under after nine. Wendy Ward bogeyed all three holes, and instead of owning third place all alone, she will begin play Sunday tied with Ochoa.
 
The course, obviously, is playing much longer, said Sorenstam, who had to make a nine-foot putt for par on the third hole. I thought it was much tougher today. I mean, with the water, the heavy air, the ball was not flying as far, so the course is so much longer. So it was tougher to shoot a lower score.
 
But then again, if you just plug along and shoot level par, I think that would be a good score under these conditions.
 
Sorenstam will have to play 33 holes Sunday, should the rains hold off. If storms rake the course again, the tournament could go into Monday as the players strive to get in 72 holes.
 
Physical endurance obviously will be important Sunday, and that means Sorenstam should have an edge, since she has been on a thorough physical regimen the past week.
 
Its going to play a big role, especially if it doesnt dry out by tomorrow morning ' its going to be tough, she said. The course will be playing so much longer, and playing a championship 18 holes, you think and focus so much of every single hole ' especially on a tough course like this.
 
So its going to play a big role tomorrow, definitely, and you have to try and conserve energy and stay mentally tough throughout the day.
 
Rains are forecast to end Saturday night and the grounds crew will start pumping out the bunkers around midnight, utilizing 16 people and seven pumps. At 5 AM ET Sunday morning the remainder of the ground crew will begin work on the greens. If all goes according to schedule, the tournament should end at 6 PM, but tournament officials say that play can continue until 8 PM if necessary.
 
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