Defending champion Suzann Pettersen struggled with three early bogeys but recovered for a 1-over 73 to maintain a four-shot lead at the LPGA Taiwan Championship in Yanmei.
The second-ranked Norwegian dropped three shots over the first five holes but had three birdies and just one more bogey the rest of the way for a 6-under total of 210. The trio of Azahara Munoz, Sun Young Yoo and Carlota Ciganda were four shots back heading into the final round.
One of Pettersen’s bogeys came on the par-3 second, which she aced on Friday.
“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. Today was a tough day for me. It was all about hanging in there and trying to bring it back to where I started.”
Pettersen birdied par-5s on the eighth and 13th before another bogey at the 17th. She finished off with a birdie on No. 18 for a three-day total of 6-under 210.
“I could easily have lost it out there today,” Pettersen said. “It was — you know, some days are easy, some days are not that easy, some of the times you see everything you’re going to do right in front of you.”
Munoz shot a 69 at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club to climb up the leaderboard, while Yoo and Ciganda both shot 72.
Munoz has just one top-10 finish on the LPGA Tour this year, but won a Ladies European Tour event in France in September.
“It’s fun finally being in contention and being in one of either the leading group or second leading groups,” said Munoz, who was second in Taiwan in 2011. I’m just going to go out there and keep playing like I am.”
Weather delays Moore
The final round of the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was suspended because of inclement weather.
Puyallup’s Ryan Moore, playing hole No. 12, was tied for the lead with fellow American Gary Woodland and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat at 13-under par.
Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley had played 13 holes in 3-over par.
BOGEY COSTS PERRY
Kenny Perry bogeyed the final hole to drop into a five-way tie for the lead in the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship in San Antonio.
The Charles Schwab Cup points leader followed his opening 65 with a 71 to match Mike Goodes (63), Bernhard Langer (69), Colin Montgomerie (68) and Anders Forsbrand (69) at 8 under. Perry didn’t help his cause when he dumped his tee shot on the par-4 final hole into a bunker.
The top 30 on the money list Sunday will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
TIE ATOP BMW MASTERS
American Luke Guthrie stumbled at the end of the third round and wound up at 8-under 208 and tied for the lead with Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello at the BMW Masters in Shanghai.
Guthrie has led the European Tour event since his 65 in the opening round, and he had a three-shot lead at one point on the back nine at Lake Malaren. But he bogeyed the 16th, and was in such an awkward spot on the 18th green that he felt his best option was to chip off the putting surface. He missed an 8-footer for another bogey for an even-par 72. Cabrera-Bello had a bogey-free 67.