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Sorenstam, Wie in the hunt at Safeway

Lorena Ochoa shot a 5-under-par 67 yesterday in Superstition Mountain, Ariz., to open a two-shot lead in the Safeway International, with Annika Sorenstam just three strokes behind and the resurgent Michelle Wie also in contention.

Ochoa, the 23-year-old Mexican star who was the LPGA Tour's rookie of the year two seasons ago, was on pace for an even bigger lead until she bogeyed the 14th hole. She birdied the 18th to finish at 12-under 132 halfway through the Tour's first 72-hole event of the year.

Soo-Yun Kang was second after a 66, and Sorenstam, the defending champion, was 9 under after a 69. Siew-Ai Lim, who shared the first-round lead with Ochoa, was 7 under after a 72, with Grace Park (67) and Karen Stupples (71) at 6 under.

Candie Kung (70) and Juli Inkster (73) were next at 5-under 139, and Wie followed her opening 73 with a 67 to join Laura Davies (69), Paula Creamer (71), Liselotte Neumann (70), and Laura Diaz (67) at 4 under.

The 15-year-old Wie rallied in the second round to run her string of consecutive cuts made to 11. Sorenstam, the circuit's player of the year from 2001-04, has a three-tournament winning streak, including her season debut in Mexico City, and has won five of the last seven she's entered.

European PGA -- Mexico's Alejandro Quiroz shot his second straight 7-under 65 in Sanya, China, to take a two-stroke lead over Scotland's Colin Montgomerie, England's Paul Casey, and South Korea's Choi Gwang-soo in the TCL Classic. Montgomerie, the winner of the TCL Classic when it was last played in 2002, had a 65 on the Yalong Bay course. He needs to finish second to jump into the top 50 in the world ranking and earn a spot next week in The Players Championship.

Champions -- Gil Morgan shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Tom Jenkins and Wayne Levi after the first round of the Toshiba Senior Classic in Newport Beach, Calif. The 58-year-old Morgan, a 23-time winner on the Champions Tour, had an eagle and four birdies in his bogey-free round.

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