Annika Sorenstam was plodding along, trying to concentrate on her own game. That might be a good strategy to use against the men at the Colonial, but it didn't work yesterday against Se Ri Pak.
Sorenstam blew a two-shot lead with some indifferent play, and Pak caught her with a pair of eagles on the front nine on her way to an 8-under-par 64 and the championship of the Safeway Ping tournament in Phoenix.
In the end, Sorenstam wasn't even a factor, finishing in a three-way tie for third, four strokes back after shooting a 71.
"I think I played well. It was one of those days I just had a lot of lip-outs," Sorenstam said. "That's golf. If you play golf long enough you know these things happen."
Pak shot a 30 on the front side to take the lead, then held off Grace Park with a scrambling par after hitting into the water on the 17th hole. She finished with a flourish, hitting her second shot to tap-in range on the final hole for birdie.
Sorenstam, meantime, struggled with her wedges and putter all day and was never in contention on the back nine. After three days of making birdies, she made 17 pars and only one birdie long after it didn't matter.
"I was playing my own game, one shot at a time," Sorenstam said. "I feel good. Nineteen under, I'll take that any time."
Pak, who had five wins last year to Sorenstam's 11, won the first head-to-head showdown between two of the LPGA Tour's top players by being aggressive from the first tee on.
She birdied the first two holes, hit a shot 230 yards to within two feet for eagle on the fourth and made another eagle on the par-5 eighth.
"It gave me a little more confidence," said Pak, who finished 23 under and took home $150,000 of the $1 million purse. "At least I know I can go out there and play."
* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Australian Rodger Davis shot a 3-under 68 to win the Toshiba Senior Classic by four strokes in Newport Beach, Calif.
In his 42nd appearance on the Champions Tour, Davis finished at 16-under 196, making good on his prediction that it would take at least 15 under to win.
"You can't believe how happy I am," said Davis, who takes home the first prize of $232,000. "I had a couple of chances last year, but I think I was trying too hard. You just have to let it happen."
Larry Nelson closed with a 67 to finish second at 12-under 201. He had four birdies on his first seven holes, but stumbled with a bogey at No. 8.
* EUROPEAN PGA: Bradley Dredge of Wales won his first European Tour title, capturing the Madeira Island Open by eight strokes. Dredge, the only top-100 player in the event, closed with a 1-under 71 to finish at 16-under 272.
"It feels wonderful," Dredge said. "I have waited a long time for this so I will savor it for a few weeks."
Sweden's Fredrik Andersson and England's Brian Davis and Andrew Marshall shared second at 280.