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Sorenstam looking for 10th Japanese win

Annika Sorenstam has her fourth chance at win No. 10 this year when she tees it up at the Mizuno Classic, the penultimate event of the LPGA Tour season.

Sorenstam is a victory away from becoming the first player in 34 years to claim 10 LPGA Tour titles in a single season. She won her ninth five weeks ago at the Samsung World Championship but has come up empty in the last three events.

After placing in the top five at a pair of events, Sorenstam was stunned in the first round of last week's World Ladies Match Play Championship as her two-week stay in Japan got off to a bad start.

Sorenstam won this event last year at Musashigaoka Golf Course in Saitama-ken, defeating Laura Davies by three strokes. This year's tournament is being held at Seta Golf Course.

On her way to a fifth career Player of the Year honor, Sorenstam has won nine of her 20 starts on the LPGA Tour this season, including a string of three in a row that ended last month.

The Swedish superstar is trying to become the first 10-time winner since Kathy Whitworth and Carol Mann each won 10 events in 1968. By taking the last two events of the season, Sorenstam would be the first to 11 since Mickey Wright in 1964.

The 78-woman field features players from the LPGA and Japanese Tours. Also here this week are Koreans Grace Park and Se Ri Pak, who won the first two events on the LPGA Tour's trek to the Far East.

Pak won in her homeland for her fifth title of the season, which is second only to Sorenstam.

This also is the last tournament players can earn enough money to move into the top 30 in earnings, which comes with a berth in the season-ending ADT Championship, to be played in two weeks in Florida.


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