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Swedish team extends lead over Australia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Sports Network) - Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam fired a bogey-free, eight-under-par 64 Saturday to increase Sweden's lead to three shots over Australia's Karrie Webb and Rachel Hetherington through two rounds of the Women's World Cup Golf tournament.
 
The Swedish sisters pushed their total to 13-under-par 131 with a flawless performance under the day's better-ball format. They will have a chance to post a victory in this inaugural event after Sunday's individual, 18-hole stroke-play round, in which each of the 16 two- player teams will combine for a 36-hole score.
 
'I think we complemented each other very well today,' said Annika, who at 30 is the elder Sorenstam by two and a half years. 'I got off to a great start and Lotta took over from there. If one of us was in trouble the other one would help out and maybe even make a birdie, so we really helped each other.'
 
Annika kicked things off for the Swedes by birdieing the first hole and Charlotta got into the act with a birdie at the third. They added three birdies over a five-hole stretch in the middle of their round to make it to 10-under through 11 holes. Three more birdies at 14, 15 and 17 gave the Sorenstams an important cushion headed into the final round.
 
'Tomorrow is obviously the deciding day because it is two scores that will count on every hole, so it is nice to have a little bit of a lead,' added Annika. 'A little buffer is always nice to have.'
 
Webb and Hetherington also made it around the Mines Resort and Golf Club layout without a making a bogey on Saturday. But theAustralian competition, found themselves three shots back by the time they registered their first birdie at the seventh hole. They were able to keep pace by matching birdies with Sweden at the ninth, 11th, 14th and 15th, and a Hetherington birdie at the par-three 16th briefly brought the Aussie tandem to within two.
 
'I got off to a pretty sluggish start,' said Webb, who stands with Hetherington at 10-under 134 after the two combined for a second-round 66. 'We had plenty of birdie chances, but we weren't making the putts today like we did yesterday. But all in all six-under is a pretty good score.'
 
Peru's Jenny Lidback and Alicia Dibos birdied each of the last four holes to finish two rounds tied with Columbia's sister team of Marisa and Cristina Baena at six-under 138. Both teams were together at even-par after the opening round and carded 66s on Saturday.
 
Also with a 66 were Americans Meg Mallon and Juli Inkster, who used seven birdies and a bogey to climb into a share of fifth place at five-under with the team from Japan, who turned in a 67.
 
Taiwan is alone at three-under 141, England and Scotland are tied at two-under and the teams from New Zealand and Canada round out the top-10 at minus-one.
 
The other teams are: Korea (even-par), the Philippines (+1), France (+1), host Malaysia (+2) and Italy (+5).
 
The winning team will collect $200,000 from the $1 million purse.
 

 
12/02 08:56:27 ET