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Pettersen chasing lead, Rolex Ranking No. 1 in Australia

Final Round Preview – LPGA Tour – ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open – Victoria Golf Club – Victoria, Australia –

Chella Choi, looking for her maiden LPGA Tour title, fired a 62 in the third round of the ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open to tie for the overnight lead.

Choi is tied with amateur Minjee Lee at 13-under overall at Victoria Golf Club, but the eventual champion is favored to come out of the second-to-last group featuring Suzann Pettersen and Lydia Ko – ranked No. 2 and No. 4 in the Rolex Rankings respectively.

Teeing off at 1:31 p.m. local time in Australia, Ko (11-under) and Pettersen (10-under) will be chasing the unproven players in the lead group. For Pettersen, she was a 7-to-1 selection at Ladbrokes.com heading into the week, while Ko was 10-1. Choi was 40-1.

Pettersen can overtake Inbee Park in the top spot of the Rolex Ranking with a victory this week. She also has scenarios to become No. 1 that involve her finishing solo second place and second place tied with just one other player.

Park is not in the field this week.

Eight other players including Caroline Hedwall and Morgan Pressel are 9-under and just four back with 18 holes to play.

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  • Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer and Cheyenne Woods are all T-23 in Australia through three rounds. Woods used a second-round 65 to make the cut and shot 71 Saturday in round three.
  • Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo (20-under) takes a two-shot lead into the final round Sunday at the European Tour’s Africa Open. Grillo backed up his second-round 63 with a 62 Saturday. Oliver Fisher is second, while Thomas Aiken is T-3 at 16-under. Grillo was a 20-1 pick at Ladbrokes.com.