Pettersen pads LPGA Thailand lead

Suzann Pettersen had her third straight bogey-free round Saturday,

shooting a 4-under 68 and opening a five-stroke lead in the

season-opening Honda PTT LPGA Thailand.

The 2007 champion from Norway said she drank 12 bottles of

water in the extreme heat during Saturday’s round on the Siam

Country Club Pattaya Old Course and is 18-under 198 for the

tournament. She shot a 66 and 64 in the first two rounds.

“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.”

After a sluggish start, Song-Hee Kim of South Korea birdied

three of the last four holes for a 68. She is 13-under 203.

“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 and finished with a 2-under

70 for a share of third place at 204 with compatriot Momoko Ueda

(69) and 2008 LPGA Championship winner Yani Tseng of Taiwan (68).

Cristie Kerr, the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open champion, made

eagles on 7 and 18 and shot a 66. She is tied for sixth place at

11-under with Hee Young Park (72) and Sweden’s Maria Hjorth (70).

Michelle Wie shot a 74 and is 2-under-par 214 for the

tournament.