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Golf: Pettersen’s lead cut at Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship

World No. 2 Suzann Pettersen shot 73, but still remains four clear as she bids to retain her title at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship. Photo: AFP.

World No. 2 Suzann Pettersen shot 73, but remains four clear as she bids to retain her title at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship. Photo: AFP.

October 26, 2013: Despite a difficult start on Saturday, Suzann Pettersen fought back to card a one-over-par 73 and hold a four-stroke lead going into the final round of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, the fourth stop on the LPGA’s five-leg ‘Asia swing’.

 

Inching closer to a successful defence of her title in Taiwan, the World No. 2 carded three birdies and four bogeys to lie six-under, four clear of Korean Yoo Sun-young (72) and Spaniards Carlota Ciganda (72) and Azahara Munoz (69) heading into the final round.

 

Pettersen, 32, entered the third round five strokes clear of Yoo and Ciganda, but the Norwegian saw her lead begin to dwindle after bogeys at two, four and five at Sunrise Golf and Country Club in Yangmei.

 

“You know, I had a great warm up, felt good, but on the second, I kind of made a little amateur mistake trying to get too cute on the tee ball and left myself with a very tough up‑and‑down,” Pettersen said.

 

“I just couldn’t get it going and made a few errors. It was a tough day for me. It was all about hanging in there and trying to bring it back to where I started.”

 

Following the string of bogeys, Pettersen’s fierce competitive nature took charge as she regained control of her round with birdies at the eighth and 13th, both par-fives, before faltering with another bogey at the 17th.  She finished her round in style with a birdie at the 18th to extend her buffer.

 

“I could easily have lost it out there today. You know, some days are easy, some are not that easy,” said Pettersen, who won her second major at The Evian Championship last month, one of two wins and two other top-threes in her last four starts.

 

“Some of the time you see everything you’re going to do right in front of you. Other times you fall in‑between clubs and are not quite sure and then you start questioning. It’s one of those days where you can be very analytical. Now we have one more day in these conditions.”

 

As Pettersen aims to defend her title and continue to make a dent into World No. 1 Park In-bee’s lead in the Rolex Player of the Year race, LPGA Official Money List and Rolex Rankings, she finds herself entering tomorrow’s final round in a better position than last year, when she had to come from two behind Park.

 

If Pettersen wins the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, it will be the first time she has successfully defended a title on the LPGA Tour.

 

Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship (Round 3), Sunrise Golf & Country Club

1          Suzann Pettersen       68-69-73         210      -6

T2        Azahara Munoz           73-72-69         214      -2

T2        Carlota Ciganda          72-70-72         214      -2

T2        Sun Young Yoo           73-69-72         214      -2

T5        Caroline Hedwall         71-73-72         216      E

T5        Beatriz Recari              72-71-73         216      E

T7        Eun-Hee Ji                  72-76-69         217      +1

T7        Se Ri Pak                    76-72-69         217      +1

T7        Jenny Shin                 74-74-69         217      +1

T7        Na Yeon Choi             74-72-71         217      +1

T7        Irene Cho                    71-74-72         217      +1

T12      Lexi Thompson           74-74-70         218      +2

T12      Mi Jung Hur                 75-71-72         218      +2

T12      Pernilla Lindberg          75-71-72         218      +2

T12      Hee Kyung Seo          74-70-74         218      +2

T16      Belen Mozo                 72-77-70         219      +3

T16      Ilhee Lee                     73-75-71         219      +3

T16      Anna Nordqvist           77-71-71         219      +3

T16      Hee Young Park          74-74-71         219      +3

T16      Paula Creamer            72-74-73         219      +3

T21      Julieta Granada           74-76-70         220      +4

T21      Mika Miyazato             75-75-70         220      +4

T21      Gerina Piller                 74-74-72         220      +4

T21      Pornanong Phatlum     74-73-73         220      +4

T21      Candie Kung               73-73-74         220      +4

T21      Mina Harigae               74-71-75         220      +4

T21      Chella Choi                 72-72-76         220      +4

T21      Katherine Hull-Kirk       73-70-77         220      +4

T29      Juli Inkster                   75-74-72         221      +5

T29      Catriona Matthew       75-72-74         221      +5

T31      Rebecca Lee-Bentham           73-78-71         222      +6

T31      Ai Miyazato                 74-76-72         222      +6

T31      Jane Park                    75-75-72         222      +6

T31      Lindsey Wright            75-74-73         222      +6

T35      Paola Moreno              75-77-71         223      +7

T35      Moriya Jutanugarn      76-75-72         223      +7

T35      Meena Lee                  74-77-72         223      +7

T35      Michelle Wie                74-77-72         223      +7

T35      Austin Ernst                 74-76-73         223      +7

T35      Karine Icher                 71-79-73         223      +7

T35      Haeji Kang                   77-73-73         223      +7

T35      *Asuka Kashiwabara  73-76-74         223      +7

T35      Alison Walshe             71-73-79         223      +7

 

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