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Solheim Cup star still on red-hot run in Edmonton

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EDMONTON -- Swedish golfer Caroline Hedwall, fresh off her perfect performance at the Solheim Cup, is the one to beat heading into today's final round of the CN Canadian Women's Open.

The 24-year-old from Taby carded a six-under 64 in the third round Saturday to vault from a tie for 12th to the top of the leaderboard at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club.

Today will be mark the first time Hedwall will tee it up as the final-round leader.

"It will be exciting playing in the last group," said Hedwall.

"I won on the European tour. Now I'm just waiting for my first LPGA victory."

Norway's Suzann Pettersen and Lydia Ko of New Zealand, the tournament's defending champion, are just one stroke back after a round under clear skies and little wind.

Hedwall sits at 68-68-64-200 to sit at 10 under par.

She birdied four holes on the front nine and three after the turn, along with one bogey.

At last weekend's Solheim Cup, Hedwall became the first player in Solheim history to win five matches as the Europeans dismantled the Americans 18-10.

She said Solheim is still with her.

"I was a little tired on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but when the tournament started I think (the) last week just gave me a lot of energy and self-confidence," she said.

Hedwall joined the LPGA tour in 2011.

Ko, 16, bounced back from a so-so second round to notch a three-under 67 on Saturday.

"I was overall really happy," said Ko, who sits nine-under at 201.

"I was eight-under coming into the final round last year, so (now I'm) one shot better, which leaves me in a good place."

Ko was just 15 when she defeated Inbee Park by three strokes to win the 2012 CN Canadian Open at the Vancouver Golf Club.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 25, 2013 B16

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