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Sorenstam loses groud at Nykredit

ASSOCIATED PRESS

HELSINGOER, Denmark – Annika Sorenstam shot a 5-under 68 Saturday to trail Melissa Reid by six shots after the second round of the Nykredit Masters.

Reid, a rookie from England, eagled the last two holes for a 66. Sorenstam, in her final tournament in Europe, shared second place with Martina Eberl of Germany (73).

Reid, who finished runner-up twice on the Ladies European Tour this year, totaled 13-under 133 in the 54-hole tournament.

Sorenstam finished with consecutive birdies, and eagled the long 12th – her third hole.

“I got off to a great start,” Sorenstam said. “I eagled my third hole and almost made a hole-in-one on my fifth. I played very, very well. I hit the last nine greens.”

The 37-year-old Hall of Famer is counting on a strong finish Sunday.

“I’ve come from 10 behind, so I know everything is possible,” Sorenstam said.

A winner of 10 majors and 72 LPGA titles, Sorenstam will retire at the end of the season to start a family and pursue business interests. She has won three LPGA titles this season.

The 20-year-old Reid finished with a birdie and two eagles.

Reid rolled in a 35-footer for eagle on the 17th. She chipped in from the front of the green on the 18th, another long par-5 hole.

“I hit the ball much better today,” said Reid, the LET rookie leader. “I was just trying to keep it simple.”

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