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Sorenstam, ailing Pak share lead

Published Sep. 4, 2005

Annika Sorenstam was right where everyone expected her to be Thursday _ on top of her game and atop of the leaderboard in the LPGA Tour's season-ending ADT Championship.

The surprise was who joined her.

Se Ri Pak thought about going home before the first round started. She has an impacted tooth that has kept her from eating solid food the past week, leaving her body so weak that a club felt as heavy as a sledgehammer.

"It's too much pain," Pak said. "I shouldn't be here."

Sorenstam and Pak, the top players this year, traded birdies and avoided major mistakes on a balmy, breezy day at Trump International to tie for the lead at 5-under-par 67 along with Meg Mallon.

Pak rarely spoke during the round. At one point, Sorenstam jokingly said to her, "Your shorts are falling down."

"She's so skinny and so pale," Sorenstam said. "I know that her tooth is hurting. For her to play this well today is pretty incredible."

Beth Bauer of Tampa, the rookie of the year, was among three players at 70.