Pettersen, the 2011 and 2013 winner, and defending champion
Henderson lead on 11-under at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
“Obviously, there are certain courses you play well. I sure did
find some magic on the greens today,” said Pettersen, a two-time
major winner looking for her first victory of the season.
“You still have to go out and execute, no matter how much you
like the course.”
World number two Henderson teed off in the afternoon and began
her day trailing Pettersen by four, but shot a 68 to pull even.
Colombian Mariajo Uribe shot a 65 for the second straight day to
reach 10-under-par. No other player is closer than five shots.
Henderson birdied the par-4 18th hole to ensure she would be
playing in the final group on Saturday.
The 18-year-old Canadian has kept busy this season, playing in
17 of the 18 Tour events leading into this week.
“I like to play a lot. I considered taking a week off, then like
what am I going to do?” Henderson said.
“I am just going to go home and practice. I might as well go and
play and just conserve energy where I can and just try and focus
on the things that I need to.”
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter
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