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Ochoa, Pettersen tied for Samsung lead

PALM DESERT, Calif., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Suzann Pettersen birdied the last four holes Saturday and came back from five shots down to tie Lorena Ochoa for the lead at the Samsung World Championship.

Ochoa led by as many as four shots, but needed a 25-foot bogey putt at the 18th hole for a 3-under 69 and a three-round total of 12-under 204. Pettersen made five birdies in a seven-hole stretch to post the third-best round in tournament history, an 8-under 64.

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Ochoa and Pettersen will be paired Sunday in the final round, just seven days after squaring off in a playoff at the Longs Drugs Challenge. Pettersen beat Ochoa in the playoff last Sunday for her third win of the season.

Ochoa, the defending champion, will be looking for her seventh win of the year.

Rookie of the Year Angela Park had a 69 Saturday to remain one shot off the lead at 11-under 205. She was tied for third with Mi Hyun Kim (67) and Jeong Jang (68).

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