Hee Young Park, Sandra Gal top LPGA Titleholders leaderboard

November 20, 2011

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Hee Young Park birdied three of the final four holes for a 3-under 69 and a share of the third-round lead with Sandra Gal on Saturday in the LPGA Tour's season-ending Titleholders.

Gal, the German player who won the Kia Classic in March for her first LPGA Tour title, shot a 71 in tricky wind conditions to match Park at 7 under at Grand Cypress Resort.

Park, from South Korea, is winless in four full seasons on the LPGA Tour.

She was asked if she's ready to win.

``I don't know, like is this the right sentence, but I'm very thirsty, right?'' Park said. ``Yeah, I'm ready.''

Gal dropped three strokes with a bogey on No. 8 and a double bogey on No. 9, then played the back in 2 under with birdies on Nos. 11 and 13.

``I'm actually pretty drained right now,'' she said. ``It was such a roller-coaster round, but it's all just good. I'm happy to be up there leading. It was tough out there for me today.

``You probably saw I had a good start and then just in the middle of the round I had a couple bad holes. But I'm really proud of myself how I pulled it together on the back nine. Sometimes you've just got to hang in there and fight it out, and it was one of those days.''

Suzann Pettersen was a stroke back after a 68.

``At least I have a chance,'' Pettersen said. ``I mean, after the first day I was almost too far back, and I was a bit fortunate that the weather was what it was yesterday because had it been the same as day one, people could have easily got to two figures, and I would have almost been totally out of it. It was nice to grind it out yesterday and finish strong today.''

Paul Creamer (71) was 5 under. She's winless this year.

``That's what I want. I want to go against the best players head to head,'' Creamer said. ``If it's my day, it's my day, and if not, I know what I need to work on.''

Top-ranked Yani Tseng had a 66 - the best round of the day - to match Na Yeon Choi (75) at 4 under.

``I'm really happy and proud of myself,'' Tseng said. ``I mean, 6 under on this golf course with these conditions is not that easy, so I played really good today.''

Choi struggled after leading after each of the first two rounds

``I started good, but my shots and my putter weren't as perfect as the last two days,'' Choi said. ``I have one more day. I'm going to the range to hit some shots and find some feel. I'll come back tomorrow with some confidence.''

Tseng, coming of a 19th-place tie last week in Mexico, has seven LPGA Tour wins this season - including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open - and four other worldwide wins. The Taiwanese star leads the money list with $2,886,656 - $1,450,734 more than second-place Cristie Kerr - and has already won the player of the year award.

Michelle Wie was even par after a 72.