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Catriona Matthew looking for Sunday charge at KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Catriona Matthew
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SAMMAMISH, Wash. — Catriona Matthew already has made one good comeback this week. Maybe there’s another charge left in the 46-year-old from Scotland.

After a second consecutive round of par or better on Saturday at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club, Matthew finds herself in a position where a run at the top of the leaderboard is within her grasp. Her even-par 71 gave her a 54-hole total of 1-over 214, three behind leader Lydia Ko, sharing 10th place and making her one of 15 players within four strokes.

“I’d say it has a chance,” said Matthew, who was the Women’s PGA runner-up three years ago, when she lost in a sudden-death playoff to Inbee Park. “You never know what’s going to happen. If I go out and shoot another 67, four under, you never know.”

That’s what Matthew did on Friday, when she had the day’s low round by two strokes. In the process, she jumped 72 spots, from 83rd to 11th.

“A lot might depend on where the pins are,” she said. “Today the pins were very tough, so you couldn’t really go at many of them, to be fair. We’ll see what they give us tomorrow.

“I played well today. I hit a few slight shots in the first three or four holes, but I played well from then on.”

Consecutive bogeys at the fourth and fifth holes on Saturday put Matthew six strokes off the lead, but she made her first of three birdies at the par-4 seventh, then rolled in 5-foot birdie putts at the 12th and 13th that brought her to within two shots of the lead.

All week long, players have stressed the need to be patient on Sahalee’s densely-treed layout. It’s an interesting dilemma for the players chasing on Sunday, who might need to consider trying to be aggressive.

“It’s kind of like fishing,” said Matthew. “You have to stay patient.
“But if you play well, the scores are out there.”

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