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Annika Sorenstam, seeking her seventh victory of the year, shot a 6-under 66 today to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the State Farm Classic.

The Swedish star matched the tournament 36-hole record of 13-under 131 set by Laura Davies in 1994. Kate Golden and Emilee Klein were tied for second.

Sorenstam, making her first appearance in the tournament since her rookie year of 1994, had six birdies in a bogey-free round on the 6,405-yard Rail Golf Course. She hit 17 greens in regulation.

"The real strength of my game is my irons," she said. "That's how I've been scoring as well as I have the last few weeks."

In her last start, Sorenstam won the Canadian Women's Open for her 29th career victory.

"She's the best player in the world right now," Klein said. "She has no weakness in her game. She's a great, great player."

Golden shot a 65, matching the low round of the day, and Klein had a 66. Klein won the Michelob Light Classic in July for her third career title, while Golden is winless in eight seasons on LPGA Tour.

Tina Fischer, who shared the first-round lead with Sorenstam, was four strokes back after a 70.

Jean Bartholomew matched Golden's 65 for the best round of day to tie Australia's Gloria Park (66) at 136.

Sorenstam leads the money list with $1,506,209 and has a 70-point lead over Se Ri Pak in the player of the year standings.

The Swede also is in position to win the $100,000 first prize in the State Farm LPGA Series race, the 12-event bonus competition that will end Sunday.

Sorenstam is the leader with 430 points. Pak, second with 330, is skipping the tournament. Rosie Jones is third with 218. The tournament winner will receive 300 points.

Jones shot a 72 for a 142 total.

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