Ariya contending in Hawaii

KAPOLEI, HAWAII - Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn is tied for fifth place at nine-under par heading into the final round of the LPGA Tour's Lotte Championship in Hawaii.

  • Published: 20/04/2013 at 11:52 AM
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Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn plays a shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the Lotte Championship in Hawaii. (AFP Photo)

Ariya, who trails leader Suzann Pettersen by five strokes, played herself back into contention on Friday with a four-under 68, after a poor second round of 75.

Pettersen fired a four-under 68 to maintain her slim one-shot lead after the third round.

The 32-year-old Norwegian Pettersen reached 14-under-par 202 to break Ai Miyazato's 54-hole scoring mark of 206 which was set last year at the Ko Olina Golf Club course.

South Korea's Seo Hee-Kyung is one stroke back in second, shooting a six-under 66 after making a bogey on the last hole.

Pettersen ran off four straight pars to close out her round Friday.
"My game was a little bit tighter off the bat," she said. "I found a nice little key on the range last night, just to tighten it up a little bit."

Defending champ Miyazato has sole possession of third place at 11-under 205 after shooting a two-under 70. Kim Hyo-Joo fired a 69 and is one shot back at minus-10.

Ariya is tied for fifth with two others at nine-under.

Pettersen, a 10-time LPGA Tour winner, started quickly with birdies on the first three holes. That moved her to 13-under par and a commanding four strokes in front of the rest of the field.

Pettersen's lead over Seo was cut to just two after the Norwegian made a bogey on the par-three eighth.

"I felt like I played pretty good," Pettersen said. "It's not like I faded off. Certain pin locations were a little bit harder to get to especially when you are between clubs."

Seo and US player Jessica Korda each shot 66 for low round of the day. Korda is tied for eighth place at minus-eight with world No. 1 Park In-Bee (67) and England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff, who shot a 68.

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