Pettersen in 3-way tie at Portland Classic

Final Round Preview — LPGA Tour — Portland Classic presented by Cambia Health Solutions — Columbia Edgewater Country Club —Portland, Oregon — 

Defending champion and Top 10 staple Suzann Pettersen rallied saturday with a 5-under-67 to earn a spot in the final group Sunday of the LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic.

it marked her second straight 67 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club and tied her for the overnight lead alongside upstart Carlota Ciganda and M.J. Hur at 11-under overall. Pettersen and Hur tee off in the pairing Sunday at 2 p.m. local time.

Pettersen sits 11th in the Race to CME Globe standings, while Hur is 104th and needs to a strong finish to earn a spot in the season-long competition event.

A host of players nearly two dozen are within five shots of the leaders including I.K. Kim and last week’s winner Se-Yeon Ryu — who are both 10-under and a shot back. Ryu, also a Top 10 player, has 10 Top 10s this season and moved to 13th in the Race to CME Globe with her victory at the Canadian Pacific Womens Open.

Part of the group at T-4 at 10-under is 17-yer-old LPGA Tour rookie Xi Yu Lin of China.

Pettersen, without a victory in 2014, was the outright betting favorite this week heading into Portland at 3 1/2-to-1 odds. Ryu was listed second best at 5 1/2-1, while Lin was a whopping 250-1 super long shot.

Other Golf news:

  • Needing at least a win or second-place effort to clinch a Ryder Cup spot on the Team Europe, Stephan Gallacher is making his move Sunday in the final round of the European Tour’s Italian Open. Gallacher is 5-under through seven holes (15-under overall) to move into solo second just two back of overnight leader Hennie Otto.
  • The Champions Tour’s Shaw Charity Classic features a three-way tie at the top at 10-under heading into the final round between Joe Daley, Joe Durant and Bob Tway. A host of players are within striking distance including David Frost (9-under). Charles Schwab Cup standings leader Bernhard Langer headlines a crew at 8-under with Woody Austin and Tom Pernice Jr.
  • Jason Day and Ryan Palmer tee off at 1:45 p.m. local time at TPC Boston in the third round of the PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship. The tournament features a Monday finish on Labor Day. Both are 8-under and a shot ahead of Billy Horschel and Matt Kuchar.