LPGA: Suzann Pettersen four clear after third round of Sunrise Championship
Last Updated: 27/10/13 9:39am
Suzann Pettersen: Hit back from poor start
Suzann Pettersen recovered admirably from a difficult start to maintain a commanding lead after the third round of the Sunrise LPGA Championship in Taiwan.
The defending champion saw her halfway lead whittled away after she dropped three shots over the first five holes, but she bounced back with three birdies to salvage a one-over 73.
The world No 2 clawed her way back to six under par with birdies at the eighth and 13th, and although she made her fourth bogey of the round at 17, Pettersen closed with a four at the long final hole to open up a four-shot advantage.
"I had a great warm-up, felt good," Pettersen said. "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.
"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.
"I could easily have lost it out there. 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.
"Other times you fall in between clubs and are not quite sure and then you start questioning if it's enough."
Pettersen's closest challengers are her Solheim Cup team-mates Azahara Munoz and Carlota Ciganda, who go into the final round on two under along with South Korean Sun Young Yoo.
Munoz was one of only four players to break 70 in tricky conditions at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club in Taoyuan, and three-birdies over the last six holes capped an excellent 69 and earned her a place in Sunday's final group.
Her fellow Spaniard Ciganda bounced back from a double-bogey at the third to return a 72 along with Yoo, while Caroline Hedwall is six shots off the pace after also carding a 72 despite a double-bogey seven at the ninth.
Beatriz Recari is another Solheim Cup winner in contention as she birdied the last to post a 73 and get back to level par alongside Hedwall.