Published : 2013-08-25 19:59
Updated : 2013-08-25 19:59
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) ― Solheim Cup star Caroline Hedwall shot a 6-under 64 on Saturday in the Canadian Women’s Open to take a one-stroke lead over European teammate Suzann Pettersen and defending champion Lydia Ko.
Hedwall, winless on the LPGA Tour, was a record 5-0 last week in Colorado in Europe’s blowout victory over the United States. The 24-year-old Swede had a 10-under 200 total at Royal Mayfair.
“I was a little tired on Monday, Tuesday and also Wednesday,” Hedwall said. “But when the tournament starts I think last week just gave me a lot of energy and self-confidence, so I can’t feel anything.”
Pettersen shot a 65. She won the 2009 tournament at Priddis Greens in Calgary.
“I just feel like from a general standpoint usually coming off of Solheim where your mindset is such an aggressive mode that you usually feed off pretty well the following week because you kind of keep wanting to make putts,” Pettersen said.
“You’re kind of in that kind of frame of mind. This is why we work at it, this is why we train. I’m totally fine. I’m not tired at all.”
The 16-year-old Ko had a 67. Last year in British Columbia, the New Zealand amateur became the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history at 15 years, 4 months.
“I was three shots back from the leader yesterday, and I’m one shot back at the moment, so I’m getting much closer to the leader,” Ko said.
“I played pretty well out there. I made five birdies and two bogeys. I was overall really happy, and I was 8 under coming into the final round last year, so one shot better, which leaves me in a good place.”
Kuchar, Woodland tied at top
JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (AP) ― Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar exchanged birdies and bad breaks and wound up tied for the lead at The Barclays.
Kuchar, who completed five holes of his second round Saturday morning for a 6-under 65 and a two-shot lead, was tied with Woodland on the reachable par-4 16th when his putt ran into a sprinkler and stopped, costing him a reasonable chance at birdie. He wound up with a 70 in the third round.
Woodland had a one-shot lead until his tee shot on the 17th plugged in the far end of the fairway bunker, effectively costing him a full shot. He blasted out sideways, made bogey and had to settle for a 68.
They were at 12-under 201, one shot ahead of Kevin Chappell, who broke the tournament course record with a bogey-free 62.
Chappell’s round was so strong that it was 10 shots better than the average score at Liberty National, where the wind was blowing about 10 mph.
“In the wind, if you would have told me someone was going to shoot 62 today, I would probably have laughed at you,” Chappell said.
Tiger Woods spent another round grabbing his lower back and bending over gingerly to put his ball on the tee and retrieve it from the cup.
He was on the fringe of contention for much of the blustery afternoon until two solid shots on the par-5 13th for a birdie, driving the 16th green for a two-putt birdie and closing with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th for a 69 that left him very much in the picture at 8-under 205.