PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) ― Defending champion Suzann Pettersen shot her second straight 5-under 67 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead in the LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic.
Trying to match Nancy Lopez’s record with her third victory in the event, Pettersen had an eagle, four birdies and a bogey at Columbia Edgewater. The fourth-ranked Norwegian star is winless this season after winning four times last year to push her career total to 14.
Spain’s Carlota Ciganda and South Korea’s Hur Mi-jung shot 70 to match Pettersen at 11-under 205. Ciganda bogeyed the par-4 18th to fall into the tie.
|Hur Mi-jung tees off during the LPGA Portland Classic on Saturday. (AFP-Yonhap)|
South Korea’s Ryu So-yeon and Kim In-kyung and China’s Hi Yu Lin were a stroke back. Ryu, the Canadian Women’s Open winner last week, and Lin shot 70. Kim, the leader after each of the first two rounds, had a 74.
Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe, South Korea’s Ji Eun-hee, Denmark’s Line Vedel and Americans Austin Ernst and Laura Diaz were two strokes back on the crowded leaderboard at 9 under. Uribe shot 66, Ji 67, Vedel and Ernst 69, and Diaz 72.
Pettersen eagled the par-5 fifth, and got to 11 under with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17.
Kim dropped back with bogeys on Nos. 11, 13 and 17.
Gigi Stoll, a senior at Beaverton High School who won the Portland Classic Amateur Open last week to earn a berth in the field, was even par after a 71.
South Korea’s Jang Jeong, who announced her retirement this week, was even par after a 75. Countrywoman Han Hee-won, also retiring, had a 74 to reach 2 over.