Park remains in lead at Meijer LPGA Classic

Belmont, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Inbee Park shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday and she remained one shot in the lead heading into the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Park, a 10-time winner on tour after hoisting the trophy at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in June, ended 54 holes at 13-under 200. Park, who is a four-time major champion, is one shot up on Mirim Lee.

Lee is in sole possession of second place at 12-under 201 following her third- round 67. She is looking to win her first event on the LPGA Tour.

Beginning the day one shot back of Park, Suzann Pettersen bogeyed her last hole to fall two shots back of the lead at 11-under. She finished Saturday with a 2-under 69 at Blythefield Country Club.

Line Vedel (68) is five shots back at minus-8 and is in fourth, while Beatriz Recari (67) and Haru Nomura (69) are tied for fifth at 7-under 206.

Park extended her lead right away with a birdie at the par-5 first hole, getting her to 11-under. After settling for seven straight pars from No. 2, Park poured in her second gain of the day at No. 9.

She began her back nine with four straight pars before sandwiching a bogey at 15 in between birdies at 14 and 16. Park finished her third round with two more pars to move to 13-under and head into the final day with a 1-shot lead.

"I think I played really consistent for the last three days," Park said. "Today was a little bit windier than other two days, it was a little bit tougher to control the ball so I didn't hit it as close as the last two days, but I was able to hole a couple of long putts, so I was able to go a little bit lower today. Obviously I putted really good out there today, just like I did the last two days."

Lee also started her third round with a birdie at the first, but she gave that shot back with a bogey at the par-4 third. Lee responded quickly, however, draining her second birdie at the par-3 fourth to get back into red numbers. Like Park, Lee also made birdie at the ninth and made the turn at minus-2 for her round.

Lee's second and final bogey of the day came at No. 10, but she had an answer yet again with her fourth gain at No. 11. Birdies at 15 and 17 got Lee to minus-12, and she made par at the last to finish there.

Pettersen did not make any moves in her third round until the seventh hole. Following six straight pars, Pettersen poured in back-to-back birdies at seven and eight. Making the turn with four straight pars from nine, Pettersen gained another stroke with a birdie at 13.

The first mistake of the day for Pettersen was on the par-4 15th, where she dropped a shot with a bogey. Pettersen's fourth birdie at No. 17 was quickly canceled out with another bogey at 18, and she fell out of second place and into third at 11-under.

"Overall one of those days where you just fight to stay in it," said Pettersen. "Didn't have the greatest of feels throughout the round, a little bit of gusty wind at the time, some greens are getting really hard, so there were a lot of challenges out there today and hopefully there's going to be as many tomorrow and maybe I can do just a little bit better."

NOTES: Pettersen is seeking her 15th victory on the LPGA Tour. She also won four times last year, including the Evian Championship ... Lee's best finish this year came at the JTBC Founders Cup, where she ended tied for second ... Park's bogey at No. 15 broke a streak of 38 holes without a dropped shot.

08/09 20:45:28 ET

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