|Annika Sorenstam of Sweden tees off at the World Matchplay championships (AP Photo)|
World number one women's golfer Annika Sorenstam of Sweden has survived a scare and reached the third round of the World Matchplay Championships in Gladstone, New Jersey.
Sorenstam overcame two-hole deficits three times and sank a 10-meter birdie putt on the 21st hole to beat Tina Barrett of the United States. Barrett missed her birdie attempt, sending Sorenstam to a third round match against 48th-seeded Rachel Hetherington of Australia. Hetherington beat South Korea's Mi Hyun Kim 5-and-4 (ahead by five holes with four left to play).
Swedish veteran Liselotte Nuemann beat second-seeded Cristie Kerr 4-and-3, while fourth-seeded Paula Creamer of the United States lost to Karrie Webb of Australia 2-and-1. Nuemann takes on Meena Lee of South Korea, a 4-and-2 winner over Kim Saiki of the United States. Webb plays Jeong Jang of South Korea.
Other matches have American Wendy Ward taking on countrywoman Christina Kim, Pat Hurst of the United States facing Chile's Nicole Perrot, and Candie Kung of Taiwan taking on A.J. Eathorne of Canada. Japan's Ai Miyazato faces Ahn Shi Hyun of South Korea and Colombia's Marisa Baena takes on Jennifer Rosales of the Phillippines.
The 16 players tee it up Saturday morning for the third round followed by the quarterfinals in the afternoon. The semifinals are set for Sunday morning with an 18-hole championship match that afternoon. The winner takes home $180,000.
Some information for this report provided by AP.