Side bets fuel hot Kraft run


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – There’s nothing like a side bet to push two pros up a leaderboard.

Just ask Suzann Pettersen and her friend Yani Tseng.

They had some “action” going on long drives, birdies and eagles in their pairing in the third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. They're pals who practice a lot together when they're home in Orlando. They're so close, Pettersen joked, that Tseng calls her in the morning to ask what she's wearing. They were dressed nearly identically Saturday in white shorts and purple shirts.

The bets helped them each shoot 5-under-par 67s, equaling the low rounds of the day. They pushed each other to 9-under 207, a shot behind the leader, Karen Stupples (68).

Who won the bets?

“I did,” Pettersen said.

How much did she win? Neither would say.

Pettersen said they tied their scoring bets, but Pettesen won overall based on their big drives at the 11th hole. After they both launched monster tee shots there and couldn’t tell who was longer, they made a wager and marched them off. Turns out Pettersen won by a single yard.