Sunday, May 2, 2004
Song celebrates 18th
birthday with the lead
The Associated Press
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Aree Song bent over to light the candles on a chocolate birthday cake sent by her agent. Before blowing them out, she paused and smiled.
"Anybody know what I'm going to wish for?" Song asked playfully.
Song celebrated her 18th birthday by staying in the lead Saturday at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship. If she can hold on for another round - no guarantee against a daunting leaderboard that includes Annika Sorenstam - the teenager would become the youngest winner in LPGA history.
Oh, yeah, there's the $240,000 first prize, which would stand out among the CDs, gift certificates and other birthday gifts she already has received. "I wouldn't mind that," Song said.
She shot a 2-under-par 70 in the third round for a 205 total and one-stroke lead. She hopes to surpass Marlene Hagge as the youngest winner. The Hall of Famer was 18 years, 14 days old when she won the Sarasota Open in 1952.
PGA TOUR: Danny Ellis played the last nine holes of the HP Classic first round that he began Thursday, going 5-under on them for a 9-under 63. He then shot a 6-under 66 for a two-day total of 129 and a one-shot lead in the $5.1 million tournament in New Orleans. Masters champion Phil Mickelson, in his first tournament since winning the green jacket at Augusta, was three shots back. Defending champion Steve Flesch of Union, Ky., was tied for 14th at 9-under 135.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: With a four-stroke cushion, Bruce Fleisher plans to start the final round of the Bruno's Memorial Classic at Hoover, Ala., cautiously and keep a close eye on the leaderboard.
"I want to see where I am," he said after shooting a 4-under 68 Saturday. "If you're out there playing conservatively and all of a sudden these guys come out of the box at you, you've got to step it up."
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Oak Hills High grad Brett Wetterich, the second-round co-leader, shot an even-par 72 to fall back into a tie for ninth at 204, three strokes off the lead.
ITALIAN OPEN: Angel Cabrera shot a 9-under 63 to take a two-stroke lead in the rain-delayed event in Milan. The start of play Saturday was delayed by more than three hours after Friday's play was rained out. Seventy-six players were to complete their second rounds today, and the tournament was reduced to 54 holes.
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gallery: The race
Photo gallery: The scene
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