Pettersen tied for lead in LPGA finale
Yani Tseng's struggles returned. After winning three times in her first four tournaments, the No. 1 player in the women's world ranking tapered off in a big way, and she didn't look capable of turning that around in the final event of the year. Tseng opened with a 75.
Pettersen suddenly looks unstoppable.
"We play the game to win, don't we?" she said. "I'm in it to win. That stays it all. I feel like my shoulders are fairly freed up after winning two in Asia. I don't feel like I really have to go out and do anything. That makes the game that much easier."
Her biggest thrill Thursday was beating Kerr, with whom she has a friendly rivalry. They matched birdies on three holes until Pettersen got her at the end.
"I just tried to birdie the last so I didn't have to be paired with her tomorrow," Pettersen said. "We're competitive. I know she probably wants to have the low round in the group. You just know it's going to annoy her when you kind of take it right at the end there. But we had a good day."
Lewis and Ryu are gearing up for the awards dinner Friday night, with both having to give a speech — Lewis as the player of the year, Ryu as the top rookie. Ryu won the U.S. Women's Open last year, but she was not an LPGA member.
Yoo won a major this year, even if the runner-up was far more memorable. That was the Kraft Nabisco Championship, when I.K. Kim had a 12-inch putt to win at Rancho Mirage and missed it, and then lost to Yoo in the playoff.
This time, the stunning finish belonged to Yoo. She was on the verge of building a big lead until her 4-iron over the green, a fat chip that barely got onto the green and three putts for a double bogey. She compounded that with another three-putt on the ninth, which brought her back to the field.
"I hit the ball great all day, but I'm a little disappointed how I finished the last couple of holes," Yoo said. "But still, 6 under was a good score. ... I still have 54 holes to play, so I feel good."
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