Pettersen makes charge

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PALM DESERT, Calif. - Suzann Pettersen is chasing No. 1 Lorena Ochoa.

Lorena Ochoa, shot 3-under 69 on Saturday in the third round of the LPGA Samsung Championship. The top-ranked player is tied with Norway's Suzann Pettersen, who charged to the top of the leaderboard with birdies on her final four holes for 64.  Associated Press
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Lorena Ochoa, shot 3-under 69 on Saturday in the third round of the LPGA Samsung Championship. The top-ranked player is tied with Norway's Suzann Pettersen, who charged to the top of the leaderboard with birdies on her final four holes for 64.

At least on Saturday, she caught her.

Norway's Pettersen, coming off a playoff victory over Ochoa last weekend, birdied the final four holes Saturday to charge into a tie with the Mexican star in the Samsung World Championship.

Pettersen shot an 8-under 64 to match Ochoa at 12-under 204 through three rounds at Big Horn Golf Club.

"Obviously this year, winning six tournaments, she is the world's No. 1 right now and you always chase No. 1. She is just a very nice competitor," said Pettersen, a three-time winner this year who is a distant second in the player of the year race.

Ochoa, the defending champion in the event for the LPGA Tour's elite players, had a 69 that included a bogey 5 on the final hole when she pushed her drive into a bush for an unplayable lie.

Pettersen finished her round earlier, and thought she probably would be one shot off Ochoa's lead heading into the final day.

Pettersen missed a 15-footer for par on the second hole for her only bogey.

Beginning the day five strokes back, she rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 1 for the first of her nine birdies.

The 26-year-old Pettersen made four birdie putts from 15-25 feet during her round, and tucked her approach shots near the pin for other birdies.

"My long game I feel is in very good shape. I feel I can be very aggressive from mid irons all the way up to wedges," she said.

Last Sunday in Danville, Pettersen made an 8-foot birdie putt after Ochoa missed her try from 20 feet on the second playoff hole.


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