Date: April 20, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Pettersen closes in on LOTTE crown

Norway&aposs Suzann Pettersen retained the lead at the LPGA LOTTE Championship, as Hee Kyung Seo went low to move second. Overnight leader Pettersen posted a four-under-par third round of 68 at the Ko Olina Golf Club, moving to 14-under overall for the tournament at Kapolei, Hawaii. South Korean Seo shot the equal best round of day three, a six-under 66, to move outright second behind Pettersen. Japan&aposs Ai Miyazato, the defending champion, turned in a two-under 70 to drop back from second spot into outright third on the leaderboard at 11 under. And South Korean Hyo Joo Kim, who had been tied for third with compatriot Seo, finished the day alone in fourth at 10 under following her three-under 69. One of the biggest movers was American Lizette Salas, who climbed from tied 13th to a share of fifth at nine under thanks to an impressive five-under round of 67. Her compatriot Jessica Korda also grabbed the spotlight, matching Seo&aposs 66 to leap up the standings from tied 28th to a share of eighth, level with Inbee Park and Jodi Ewart Shadoff at eight under. Karrie Webb was the best-placed Australian going into the penultimate round, improving to tied 24th at three under. Fellow Aussies Sarah Jane Smith, Katherine Hull-Kirk and Julia Boland are all tied 58th at two over, with Lindsey Wright bringing up the rear, tied 75th at eight over.