With steely determination and precise putting, Annika Sorenstam shot a 6-under-par 65 to surge into a tie with Juli Inkster heading into the final round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway Township, N.J.

Setting the stage for the kind of showdown she relishes today, Sorenstam birdied five of the last seven holes to erase Inkster's opening-round lead, putting both at 10 under for the tournament.

The LPGA Hall of Famers will have more than each other to worry about: Laura Davies, who shot a tournament-record 62 yesterday, is one stroke back. "Anything can happen," Sorenstam said.

* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Mike Reid is still going strong after his head-turning victory a week ago.

Reid, enjoying unusual success on the longer holes, shot a 5-under 66 yesterday to take a two-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Allianz Championship in Polk City, Iowa.

Only three days ago, Reid still seemed in a daze over what he had done in the Senior PGA Championship last Sunday, when he came from three strokes down on the final hole to force a playoff, then won it on the first extra hole.

But he sure seems settled down and focused now. His near-perfect second round -- only one bogey -- left him at 7-under 135 for the tournament.

"I knew my game was pretty sound, but I thought that focusing would be a challenge," Reid said.

Bob Gilder, who changed his putting grip just before the round, matched Reid's 66 to pull into contention at 5 under along with Morris Hatalsky (67), Bruce Fleisher (70) and first-round co-leader Tom Jenkins (72).