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BC-GLF--LPGA Tour,1st Ld-Writethru

Published:   |   Updated: August 31, 2014 at 01:46 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Defending champion Suzann Pettersen shot her second straight 5-under 67 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead in the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic.

Trying to match Nancy Lopez's record with her third victory in the event, Pettersen had an eagle, four birdies and a bogey at Columbia Edgewater. The fourth-ranked Norwegian star is winless this season after winning four times last year to push her career total to 14.

Spain's Carlota Ciganda and South Korea's Mi Jung Hur shot 70 to match Pettersen at 11-under 205. Ciganda bogeyed the par-4 18th to fall into the tie.

South Korea's So Yeon Ryu and I.K. Kim and China's Hi Yu Lin were a stroke back. Ryu, the Canadian Women's Open winner last week, and Lin shot 70. Kim, the leader after each of the first two rounds, had a 74.

Colombia's Mariajo Uribe, South Korea's Eun Hee Ji, Denmark's Line Vedel and Americans Austin Ernst and Laura Diaz were two strokes back on the crowded leaderboard at 9 under. Uribe shot 66, Ji 67, Vedel and Ernst 69, and Diaz 72.

Pettersen eagled the par-5 fifth, and got to 11 under with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17.

Kim dropped back with bogeys on Nos. 11, 13 and 17.

Gigi Stoll, a senior at Beaverton High School who won the Portland Classic Amateur Open last week to earn a berth in the field, was even par after a 71.

South Korea's Jeong Jang, who announced her retirement this week, was even par after a 75. Countrywoman Hee Won Han, also retiring, had a 74 to reach 2 over.

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