Pettersen leads LPGA Thailand by 5 shots; Kim next

Former champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway extended her lead to

five strokes at the LPGA Thailand on Saturday after shooting a

4-under 68 in her third bogey-free round.

The 2007 winner totaled 18-under 198 at Siam Country Club on a

hot day mixed with rain and wind.

“I’m playing very solid, gave myself some good chances on the

greens,” Pettersen said. “I’m playing very good going into the

last round.”

Song-Hee Kim of South Korea was next, holing three birdies in

the last four holes to hit a 68.

“I played pretty good today, but it was hard on the front nine.

I didn’t get many birdies,” Kim said. “On the back nine, I got

more birdies and more confidence.”

After two error-free rounds, Ai Miyazato of Japan bogeyed twice

Saturday to offset four birdies to finish with a 70 and share of

third place at 204 with compatriot Momoko Ueda (69) and 2008 LPGA

Championship winner Yani Tseng of Taiwan (68).

Christie Kerr, the 2007 U.S. Open champion, made two eagles in a

66 to be a further shot back, along with 2009 LPGA Thailand

runner-up Hee Young Park (72) and Maria Hjorth (70).