Pettersen leads Manulife Classic

Suzann Pettersen will take take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Manulife LPGA Classic after shooting a third-round 66.

At 19-under the Norwegian, who is bogey-free after 54 holes, holds a slender advantage over Mariajo Uribe, with Cristie Kerr a further shot adrift.

Pettersen and Uribe were joint leaders overnight, but it was the 34-year-old Pettersen who enjoyed the better of the running at the Whistle Bear Golf Club in Ontario, Canada, on Saturday to edge ahead.

Pettersen got off to a red-hot start, registering three birdies on the trot from the first to the third before an eagle at the par-five ninth saw her take the turn in 31. A slightly more subdued back nine followed, with a birdie at the 11th the lone deviation from par.

Like Pettersen, Uribe notched up six birdies on the day, but a bogey at the 11th saw the Colombian fall just off the pace. It was the second time that Uribe bogeyed the 11th, her only drop shots of the competition.

Kerr holed a 15-foot putt for birdie at the last to sign off a round of 67 that keeps her very much in the hunt for her second title of the season, having claimed top honours at the Kia Classic in March.

Defending champion Inbee Park shot a 70 to reach nine-under and a tie for 32nd where she finds herself alongside world number on Lydia Ko.