Pettersen hopes to give herself birthday present with win

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Suzann Pettersen is vying to make her birthday special.

Pettersen will turn 32 on Sunday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

“I am in position to give myself the best birthday present ever,” Pettersen said.

With a 5-under-par 67 on Saturday, Pettersen moved into contention yet again on the Mission Hills’ Dinah Shore Course. Pettersen has finished second three times in this championship. Her close call in ’07 was the most painful. She had a three-shot lead with four holes to play but watched Morgan Pressel hoist the trophy.

“I don’t really think about my past results here,” Pettersen said. “All I can take from it is that it’s a course I like. I like what I see, I like the challenges.”

Pettersen is seeking her second major championship title. She won the LPGA Championship in ’07 in her first start after losing the Kraft Nabisco to Pressel.