Stanford's eagle eye on upset

TODD SAELHOF, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:06 PM ET

CALGARY -- They say bad things come in threes.

After watching Suzann Pettersen lose both the Solheim Cup and the Safeway Classic in consecutive nailbiting weeks, Angela Stanford wouldn't mind authoring the third instalment of Pettersen's hard-luck trilogy here at the US$2.75-million CN Canadian Women's Open.

"I like Suzann -- she's a great player, and she's a lot of fun to be around," the affable Stanford said after yesterday's third round. "But I don't feel that bad for her -- not bad enough to not show up and fight (today)."

If Stanford's 63-ft. putt for eagle on No. 18 yesterday is any indication, the story isn't yet over at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club.

But it sure looks like it would take a fairy-tale ending, since Pettersen -- who birdied the par-5 18th hole just minutes later -- seems to own the country club course 25 km southwest of Calgary.

With a sensational 14-under-199 total heading into the final round, the Norwegian has a five-shot lead on Stanford, her nearest competition at 9-under 204.

"I know I've lost a few of them, but I don't ever think I've come from behind," said Stanford, who has four LPGA victories not including an emotional win with fellow Americans over Pettersen and Team Europe at the Solheim Cup two weeks ago.

Stanford was on the other side at the 2006 CN Canadian Women's Open in London, Ont.

She had a four-stroke lead heading into the final round before losing by one shot to Cristie Kerr, who rallied from nine off the pace.

"It's funny -- I was thinking about that coming off the tee-box on 18," said Stanford, 31.

"I thought if I could get it, that would be really ironic if I was down four (or five strokes) and came back. You never know.

"Suzann's one of the best in the world, and she's not going to make many mistakes, so I'd better make a lot of birdies.

"I'm going to give it a whirl."

TODD.SAELHOF@SUNMEDIA.CA


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