Pettersen takes lead in Longs Drugs Challenge


DANVILLE, California — Suzann Pettersen made the shot of the day on what was a dramatic ninth hole for a twosome featuring world No. 1 Lorena Ochoa, finishing with a season-best 8-under 64 Saturday for the lead in the Longs Drugs Challenge. Norway’s Pettersen chipped in from 35 yards for a second eagle to provide plenty of momentum heading into the back nine. Pettersen, the 26-year-old who won the Michelob Ultra Open in May for her first LPGA Tour title and took the McDonald’s LPGA Championship in June for her first major victory, had a 12-under 204 total for a one-stroke lead over Canadian Lorie Kane (67). Ochoa (67) was another stroke behind at 10 under.

Juli Inkster’s 71 got her to 5 under and defending champion Karrie Webb (74) was one stroke behind Inkster to round out the top five on the leaderboard after the late groups were held up about 40 minutes on the 16th tee. The slow play made for 5-hour rounds.