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Pettersen takes one-stroke lead at windy Ko Olina

April 19, 2013
The Associated Press

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - Suzann Pettersen rebounded from her lone bogey with three back-nine birdies Thursday at wind-swept Ko Olina to take the second-round lead in the LPGA Lotte Championship.

The 32-year-old Norwegian, a 10-time LPGA Tour winner, shot a 3-under-par 69 in her afternoon round to reach 10-under 134.

"You're just really trying to play the course, what it gives us," Pettersen said. "There are certain holes you can take advantage of and then others where par is a good score. But I think today even on the holes where I felt like I should have made a birdie and I made a par, I said, 'Par is not going to hurt me today.' So, a decent day. It was tough to play solid golf."

Defending champion Ai Miyazato was a stroke back after a 68 in the morning session. She had five birdies in a late six-hole stretch.

"It was definitely windier than yesterday, so it was pretty tough out there," Miyazato said. "I grew up in the wind and I like to play in this wind. This morning when I get to the golf course I'm like, 'Now I'm in Hawaii.' Hawaii is always windy place and always fun to play this weather conditions."

Pettersen got to 8 under with a birdie on the par-3 fourth, then dropped two strokes behind Miya-zato with a bogey on the par-4 10th. Pettersen rebounded with a tap-in birdie on the par-4 11th, made a 12-footer on the par-5 13th and a 15-footer on the par-3 16th.

"Overall, it's been very fair conditions to the entire field today," Pettersen said. "I think it was blowing quite hard in the early morning, and I think it's been pretty steady throughout the day."

 
 
 

 

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