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GOLF ROUNDUP | Saturday's events


Published: Sat, March 11, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


LPGA MasterCard Classic
HUIXQUILUCAN, Mexico -- Defending champion Annika Sorenstam maintained a share of the lead in the MasterCard Classic, shooting a 1-under 71 to match Paula Creamer and Mi Hyun Kim at 6 under.
Creamer had a 67 -- the best round of the day -- and Kim shot a 69.
Sorenstam is making her first official LPGA Tour start since winning the ADT Championship in November and her first competitive appearance since teaming with Liselotte Neumann in January to win the Women's World Cup in South Africa.
Last year at Bosque Real, Sorenstam won in her first tour start of the year, closing with a 68 for a three-stroke victory. She won 10 times in 20 LPGA Tour starts last year to push her career total to 66 -- 22 short of Kathy Whitworth's record.
On Saturday, the Swedish star took advantage of the less-demanding opening holes, birdieing Nos. 3 and 4. But she bogeyed the par-4 10th after missing a 3-foot putt and to-putted from 7 feet for another bogey on the next hole. A solid 7-iron shot helped her sink a birdie putt on No. 16 to stay tied atop the leaderboard.
"I actually had a higher score than I expected, so I don't necessarily know if I was expecting to be leading," she said. "I thought I played a little better than the score said."
Frost on the course in Huixquilucan, outside Mexico City, delayed play for half an hour, though the temperature eventually climbed to near 80 degrees. Finishing as dusk fell, Sorenstam missed a short putt on No. 18.
"I can't even read the breaks when it's so dark," she said. "So I thought I hit a good putt but it just wasn't enough."
The 19-year-old Creamer, a two-time winner last year and the LPGA Tour rookie of the year, said it took a bogey on No. 10 to wake her up.
"I kind of got excited and got a little energy put into me," she said. "Even though it was negative energy, I still had so more momentum."
Creamer birdied the 12th hole and made a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 13. On the par-4 15th, she holed her 120-yard second shot for an eagle.
"I could not see it. People up at the green saw it," said Creamer, who also had a birdie on No. 17.
The 29-year-old Kim, from South Korea, had four birdies and a bogey Saturday. She won the last of her five LPGA Tour titles in 2002.
Honda Classic
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Luke Donald shot a 4-under 68 for a share of the third-round lead with Billy Mayfair in the Honda Classic.
Mayfair had a 72 to match Donald at 9-under 207 on the Country Club at Mirasol's Sunrise Course. Nationwide Tour graduate Jeff Gove (69) was a shot back, and Daniel Chopra and Match Play winner Geoff Ogilvy were 7 under after 71s.
David Toms, the first- and second-round leader, bogeyed four of his final six holes for a 76. He was 6 under along with Mathias Gronberg (72).
AT & amp;T Classic
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Tom Kite matched the Valencia Country Club tournament record with an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead in the AT & amp;T Classic.
After eagling the ninth hole, Kite had a tournament-record 29 on the back nine. He birdied Nos. 10-13 and closed with three straight birdies.
Andy Bean was second after a 65. He chipped in for an eagle on the first hole, the second consecutive day he has eagled the 521-yard hole.
Singapore Masters
SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Mardan Mamat shot a 2-under 70 to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Nick Dougherty of England in the Singapore Masters.
Mamat bogeyed the final two holes on the Laguna course to finish at 11-under 205. Dougherty shot a 67 in the event co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.
Associated Press
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