Even-par 72 keeps Pettersen in the mix at Turnberry

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TURNBERRY, Scotland – Suzann Pettersen battled wind, rain and frustration Saturday to keep herself in the hunt to win her third major championship at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

With an even-par 72, Pettersen lost her spot atop the leaderboard, but actually gained a chance to erase some bitter memories from a year ago.

Pettersen, 34, will start Sunday at Trump Turnberry one shot off the lead. That’s exactly where she started this championship a year ago at Royal Birkdale, where she ended shooting a 75 and tying for second. It’s her best finish in a Women’s British Open

“Last year was the closest I've been,” Pettersen said. “I feel I'm in a great position again, so I've got to do some homework now, go get some good rest and try and go all‑in tomorrow.”

Her position one off the lead is also exactly where she started last year’s LPGA Championship, where she shot 76 and tied for sixth. Those frustrations are part of what led her to seek out Butch Harmon as her new coach late last year and overhaul her swing.

In wind and rain at Trump Turnberry, Pettersen continued her strong ball striking, but she left frustrated she was unable to convert more birdie chances. She hit 14 greens in Saturday’s wind and rain.

“I'm a very impatient person, but when it comes to golf, I become more patient and can be even more patient,” Pettersen said. “Just trying not to let the frustration get to me. I'm hitting the ball great.  Tee‑to‑green I'm in good shape. Gave myself a lot of great looks.  Get a little magic on the flat stick tomorrow and see what we can do.”