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Sorenstam has company at top

Rosie Jones has been around long enough to know a front-runner when she sees one. She'll see a lot of Annika Sorenstam today, and Jones knows what to expect.

"She's tough, she's mentally tough," Jones said. "She's definitely the person to beat now and you know it. Just playing with her is going to be tough."

Jones earned that opportunity by making a 7-footer for birdie on the 18th hole yesterday to move into a tie with Sorenstam at 5 under par midway through the Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Sorenstam is going for her record-matching fifth tournament win in a row, and the first of four major championships she has her sights on this year. The 45-year-old Jones, meanwhile, is seeking her first major title before she retires at the end of the year. Sorenstam shot a methodical 69 to put herself on top of the leaderboard. Sorenstam, who won her last two tournaments last year and first two this year, has a shot at tying the record of five straight wins set by Nancy Lopez in 1978.Sorenstam overcame a bogey on the first hole by playing the last 12 holes in 4 under to post her score early before the wind stiffened and scores began inching upward on the Mission Hills Country Club course. Jones, playing in one of the last groups of the day, birdied the 18th hole for a 70 that tied her at 5-under 139. Teenage phenom Michelle Wie, meanwhile, was one of the day's casualties, hitting it out-of-bounds into someone's backyard on the 16th hole for one of two double bogeys on her way to a 74 that left her at even par, five shots back. First round co-leader Mi-Hyun Kim was in second, a stroke back, while defending champion Grace Park and Reilley Rankin were another shot behind after shooting 68s, the low rounds of the day.

PGA European/Asian PGA -- Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand shot a 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead in the rain-delayed Indonesia Open in Jakarta, while Colin Montgomerie, who needs to win the tournament to qualify for the Masters, was among 64 players who must complete their second rounds today. Montgomerie was at the projected cut mark of 3 under after 13 holes. . . .
The CVS Charity Classic, a two-day affair hosted by PGA Tour veterans Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, will include a pair of father-son teams. Jay and Billy Haas have committed to play in the June 27-28 tournament at Rhode Island CC, as have Craig and Kevin Stadler.

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