Caroline Hedwall leads CN Canadian Women’s Open heading into final round

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Golf Canada – LPGA

August 24, 2013, Edmonton, Alta., (ISN) – Caroline Hedwall soared into the lead after a 6-under 64 on Saturday at the CN Canadian Women’s Open at Royal Mayfair Golf Club.

The Solheim Cup star who last week became the first player in the event’s history to go 5-0 lit up Royal Mayfair during her third round carding seven birdies and one bogey. On Saturday, Hedwall found herself paired alongside European teammate Suzann Pettersen and American Brittany Lincicome who were a combined 15-under par as a group.

“It was definitely inspiring playing with Suzann and Brittany today,” Hedwall said following her round. “We hit it close and we made a lot of putts, so it was a lot of fun.”

Heading into the final round, Hedwall’s 10-under total leaves her one-stroke clear of defending champion Lydia Ko and 2009 CN Canadian Women’s Open champion Suzann Pettersen. Hedwall’s 64 is the lowest third round score in CN Canadian Women’s Open history since Lorena Ochoa’s third round in 2007 – Ochoa went on to win the championship that was also contested at Royal Mayfair.

“I’m just looking forward to tomorrow. It will be exciting playing in the last group hopefully,” Hedwall said. “I won on the European Tour, now I’m just waiting for my first LPGA victory. We’ll see, hopefully it comes tomorrow.”

Defending champion Lydia Ko of New Zealand sits in a tie for second with Pettersen at 9-under for the championship. Pettersen fired a 5-under 65 to give herself a chance at her second CN Canadian Women’s Open title, while Ko’s 3-under 67 puts her in a great position to win back-to-back.

“I was three shots back from the leader yesterday, and I’m one shot back at the moment, so I’m getting much closer to the leader,” Ko, the current World No. 1 amateur said. “I played pretty well out there, I made five birdies and two bogeys. I was overall really happy, and I was 8 under coming into the final round last year, so one shot better, which leaves me in a good place.”

Sitting two shots back of the leaders in a tie for fourth is 2009 champion Brittany Lincicome who carded a 4-under 66. Tied with Lincicome at 8-under is 3-time LPGA Tour winner I.K. Kim after firing a 5-under 65.

Canadian Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., currently sits as the low Canadian in the field in a tie for 60th at 5-over for the championship, while Jessica Shepley is in a tie for 72nd at 9-over par.