Kane and Sorenstam tied for lead

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Lorie Kane, wearing the red-and-white colours of her native Canada, shot a 1-under 71 today and pulled into a tie with Sweden's Annika Sorenstam after three rounds of the du Maurier Classic in Aylmer, Quebec.

Lorie Kane, wearing the red-and-white colours of her native Canada, shot a 1-under 71 today and pulled into a tie with Sweden's Annika Sorenstam after three rounds of the du Maurier Classic in Aylmer, Quebec.

Sorenstam bogeyed the 18th hole for an even-par 72 and was left with Kane at 6-under 210, setting the two up for a final-round pairing on Sunday.

Tour rookie Diana D'Alessio, who shot 71, and Meg Mallon, who had a 72, were closest to the lead duo three shots back. Juli Inkster (74) and England's Trish Johnson (70) were at 214.

Counting Rosie Jones, who was at 215, only seven players were under par after three rounds on the 6,403-yard Royal Ottawa Golf Club course. Par was a good score for most players on the tight, thickly roughed course Saturday despite sunny skies and little wind.

Australian Karrie Webb's dream of claiming a $1 million bonus for winning three major tournaments in one year virtually ended Saturday. She bogeyed three of the final four holes, shot a 4-over 76 and trailed the leaders by nine strokes.

Sorenstam had shot consecutive 69s Thursday and Friday, but Kane was the steadier golfer Saturday.

Sorenstam had a chance to open a significant lead but failed. At 8-under and leading Kane by two shots, she missed a 4-foot birdie putt at the 10th. At the 11th, she had another downhill from 6 feet for another birdie but whacked the ball past the cup and had twice as far coming back for a par, a putt she missed to fall to 7-under.

Sorenstam came right back with a 6-foot birdie at No. 12, as Kane moved closer by sinking a curling birdie from 15 feet at the par-5 14th.

Both players missed putts of about 5 feet to bogey the par-4 15th, and Sorenstam bogeyed at the par-5, No. 18 to fall into a tie after driving near a tree and needing four shots to get on the green.

In all, Sorenstam had four bogeys and four birdies, while Kane had 15 pars.

Kane is Canada's most popular golfer. Her fans here have been rooting all the harder for her at Canada's only U.S. LPGA tour stop because du Maurier can no longer sponsor the tournament after this year because of promotional restrictions in Canada on tobacco products.

The event is scrambling for a new sponsor, but its status as an LPGA major is almost certain to lapse.

Johnson, from England, shot a 70 and Jones had a 71.


American Laura Philo, in a tie for third at 4-under after Friday's round, had a 77 Saturday and was at 217. ... Jocelyne Bourassa is the only Canadian to win the du Maurier, when the tournament was in its first year in 1973 and known as La Canadienne Golf Championship. Bourassa now is executive director of the du Maurier.

Scores after the third round of the $1.2 million du Maurier Classic, played on the 6,403-yard, par-72 Royal Ottawa Golf Club. (a-denotes amateur):

Lorie Kane 72-67-71-210 Annika Sorenstam 69-69-72-210 Meg Mallon 73-68-72-213 Diana D'Alessio 67-73-73-213 Trish Johnson 72-72-70-214 Juli Inkster 72-68-74-214 Rosie Jones 74-70-71-215 Vickie Odegard 74-72-71-217 Se Ri Pak 69-76-72-217 Laura Philo 71-69-77-217 Kim Williams 71-75-72-218 Rachel Hetherington 72-73-73-218 Mhairi McKay 70-73-75-218 Kristi Albers 69-74-75-218 Becky Iverson 74-74-71-219 Leta Lindley 72-74-73-219 Dorothy Delasin 71-75-73-219 Carin Koch 72-73-74-219 Leigh Ann Mills 70-75-74-219 Karrie Webb 71-72-76-219 Brandie Burton 78-70-72-220 Catriona Matthew 74-74-72-220 Betsy King 73-75-72-220 Dawn Coe-Jones 73-73-74-220 Jane Crafter 74-71-75-220 Marisa Baena 69-75-76-220 Beth Daniel 73-75-73-221 Mi Hyun Kim 72-76-73-221 Michelle McGann 76-71-74-221 Karen Weiss 75-72-74-221 Kelly Robbins 76-70-75-221 Maggie Will 73-73-75-221 Tina Barrett 71-75-75-221 Luciana Bemvenuti 75-70-76-221 Kelli Kuehne 72-73-76-221 Val Skinner 73-71-77-221 Helen Alfredsson 77-72-73-222 Susan Ginter 74-75-73-222 Pat Hurst 73-75-74-222 Leslie Spalding 71-76-75-222 Gail Graham 76-70-76-222 Dana Dormann 72-73-77-222 Jenny Lidback 76-73-74-223 Pat Bradley 74-75-74-223 Barb Mucha 75-73-75-223 Wendy Ward 72-76-75-223 Kate Golden 77-70-76-223 Danielle Ammaccapane 71-76-76-223 Audra Burks 70-77-76-223 Alicia Dibos 75-71-77-223 Michele Redman 74-71-78-223 Patti Liscio 76-73-75-224 Michelle Estill 76-73-75-224 Kim Saiki 74-75-75-224 Dina Ammaccapane 76-72-76-224 Ashli Bunch 73-75-76-224 Sophie Gustafson 76-71-77-224 Cindy McCurdy 75-71-78-224 Charlotta Sorenstam 79-70-76-225 Amy Fruhwirth 75-74-76-225 Eva Dahllof 76-72-77-225 Kristal Parker 75-73-77-225 Heather Bowie 76-71-78-225 Gloria Park 74-73-78-225 Karen Pearce 71-76-78-225 Amy Alcott 77-72-78-227 Kellee Booth 75-74-78-227 Michelle Bell 75-74-78-227 Laura Davies 74-75-79-228 Heather Daly-Donofrio 74-75-79-228 Sally Little 78-71-80-229 Tracey Lipp 74-75-80-229 Tracy Hanson 69-77-85-231