Three tied for Portland Classic lead

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The final round of the LPGA Portland Classic will start with three players tied for the lead at the summit of a cramped leaderboard.

Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, Mi Jung Hur of Korea and Spain’s Carlota Ciganda currently lead by just one shot on 11-under.

Tied for fourth on 10-under are So Yeon Ryu, XI Yu Lin and IK Kim, while five players are tied for seventh on nine-under.

Hur, a champion at the event in 2009, carded four birdies and two bogeys to finish on a two-under 70.

“I think the course conditions for today was a little difficult than yesterday, more windier, and rainy; kind of up-and-down weather. That’s why the leaders are 11-under par right now,” she told Lpga.com.

“I really want to play aggressive tomorrow, because I got a chance, four years ago, another chance here, so I don’t want to lose anything for tomorrow. So I’m just going to play.”

Pettersen, also a former champion having won in 2011 and last year, shot the lowest round in the top six. She carded four birdies, an eagle and one bogey to finish on 67.

“My game is getting better and better. Today I had a lot of chances on the back nine. Just couldn’t quite drop the putts,” she said.

“Birdied 16, 17 and got a good par out of 18 after being in trouble. But it was a good solid round.”

Cigana, who is yet to win on the LPGA tour, also carded a 70 in the third round. The 24-year-old shot four birdies and two bogeys.

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