Suzann Pettersen retains lead in Taiwan
Taipei: World number two Suzann Pettersen remained on top in the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship on Saturday despite a tough day to maintain a four-shot lead.
The Norwegian carded one-over 73 for an aggregate total of 210, while Spain`s Azahara Munoz came up with a three-under-par 69 to tie with fellow Spaniard Carlota Ciganda and South Korea`s Yoo Sun-Young in second place at 214 on day three of the $2 million event.
"Today was a tough day for me. It was all about hanging in there and trying to bring it back to where I started. Disappointing to three putt 17. But glad to make the birdie on the last," Pettersen said after her round at the Sunrise Golf & Country Club in northern Taoyuan county.
The 32-year-old has strung together nine top-10 finishes in her past 10 LPGA events, including back-to-back victories at the Safeway Classic and the Evian Championship.
She is closing in on world number one Park In-Bee, who finished a disappointing 28th at last week`s KEB-HanaBank Championship in South Korea and is not playing in Taiwan this week.
Munoz, meanwhile, said it was "fun finally being in contention" and being in the leading group.
"I`ve been hitting really good shots, but I wasn`t making many putts. Actually I`ve been missing a few short ones and today I didn`t... I`m just going to go out there and keep playing like I am."
World number six Choi Na-Yeon carded one-under 71 to tie in 7th with four other players for a total of 217, while world number nine Catriona Matthew slid to 29th for two-over 74 for a total of 221.
Taiwanese star Tseng Ya-ni, who has won 15 career LPGA titles at age 24, improved slightly with an even-par 72 to climb to 51th from 62nd on Friday.
A total of 78 players are competing in the four-day event, which has a top prize of $300,000.