Starting her finish strong

The Baltimore Sun

The Annika Sorenstam goodbye tour got off to a great start.

Two days after announcing this would be her final season on the LPGA Tour, Sorenstam shot a 5-under-par 67 yesterday for a share of the first-round lead in the Sybase Classic. Two-time defending champion Lorena Ochoa was a stroke back.

The Hall of Famer, 37, came into the $2 million tournament off a dominating seven-stroke victory in the Michelob Ultra Open last weekend, and she was just as good getting around the Upper Montclair Country Club course in Clifton, N.J. The Swede had five birdies in a bogey-free round.

Song-Hee Kim, a second-year player from South Korea who has two top-10 finishes this year, was also at 67 along with Australia's Rachel Hetherington.

The leader board was crowded after the first day of the 72-hole event. Ochoa, a five-time winner this year, was at 68 along with Pat Hurst, Catriona Matthew, Brittany Lang, Teresa Lu and Carolina Llano.

PGA AT&T; Classic -- Coming off a final-round meltdown at The Players Championship, Kenny Perry endured a steady - and occasionally driving - rain to claim a share of the first-round lead with a 6-under-par 66 in Duluth, Ga. The other leaders - Jonathan Kaye, Ryan Palmer, Jonathan Byrd and Parker McLachlin - all teed off in the morning, before a huge weather system engulfed the suburban Atlanta course.

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