PALM DESERT, Calif. — Suzann Pettersen, coming off a playoff victory over Lorena Ochoa last weekend, birdied the final four holes Saturday to charge into a tie with the top-ranked Mexican star in the Samsung World Championship.
Pettersen shot an 8-under 64 to match Ochoa at 12-under 204 through three rounds at Big Horn Golf Club. Ochoa, the defending champion in the event for the LPGA Tour's elite players, had a 69 that included a bogey 5 on the final hole.
Angela Park, who has clinched the 2007 rookie of the year award, shot a 69 to join Jeon Jang (68) and Mi Hyun Kim (67) at 11 under.
Michelle Wie had her lowest round of the tournament, but that was a 5-over 77. She had 79s the first two days and remained in 20th and last place at 19-over 235, four shots worse than Bettina Hauert of Germany in the 19th spot.
FRYS.COM OPEN: At Las Vegas, rookie George McNeill shot a 5-under 67 on a windy day at TPC Summerlin to take a five-stroke lead in the Frys.com Open
The 32-year-old McNeill — who only last year worked as an assistant pro in Fort Myers, Fla., birdied four of his last eight holes to finish at 13-under 197.
McNeill's lead equaled the largest on the PGA Tour this year going into the final day, also done in August by Steve Flesch in the Reno-Tahoe Open.
Robert Garrigus (68) and D.J. Trahan (72) were tied for second.
ADMINISTAFF SMALL BUSINESS CLASSIC: At Spring, Texas, Bernhard Langer shot a 7-under 65, easily erasing an early bogey with eight birdies, to maintain a four-shot lead after the second round of the Champions Tour's Administaff Small Business Classic.
Langer's 17-under 127 total broke the 36-hole tournament record of 128 set by defending champion Jay Haas last year and gave the two-time Masters champion a comfortable margin over Mark O'Meara (64) and Texan Tom Kite (65).
Langer, still active on the PGA Tour, is playing in his fourth senior event since turning 50 on Aug. 27. He set the course record with a 62 on Friday.
WORLD MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP: At Virginia Water, England, six-time champion Ernie Els beat Henrik Stenson 3 and 2 to set up a championship match against U.S. Open winner Angel Cabrera in the World Match Play Championship. Cabrera beat Hunter Mahan 2 and 1.
MADRID OPEN: At Madrid, Spain, Argentina's Daniel Vancsik shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-shot lead after the third round of the Madrid Open. Vancsik had a 13-under 203 total. Denmark's Mads Vibe-Hastrup was second after a 67.