Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist and South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace shot matching rounds of 8-under 64 on Saturday and sit tied atop the leaderboard at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give at 18-under par heading into the final round at Blythefield Country Club.
Nordqvist, 31, is searching for her ninth overall LPGA victory and first since last year at The Evian Championship, where she won her second major. A win this week would make her the only player to record at least one victory in each of the last five seasons.
“I think I hit most of the greens today,” Nordqvist said after her round. “I had real good lines and the speed, and made a few longer ones today, which obviously helps. Hit a three wood to just a few inches on the long par 3, the fourth hole, to tap in, which probably was a really good birdie to get my round going. But overall, it was solid. I feel like I had a lot of in between numbers, but I feel like I controlled those half shots a little bit better than I have done in the past, so just very happy and finish out with the birdie making.”
Pace, a nine-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, has one LPGA victory to her name at the 2014 Blue Bay LPGA. The 37-year-old has made 83 starts on the LPGA since her victory in China.
Republic of Korea’s So Yeon Ryu, the second-round solo leader, is alone in third place at 16-under par. American Angela Stanford and Germany’s Caroline Masson are tied for fourth at -15. Sophia Popov and Sakura Yokomine are tied for sixth at -14, Azahara Munoz and Lydia Ko are tied for eighth at -13, and tied for tenth at -12 are Moriya Jutanugarn, Ashleigh Buhai, and Sandra Gal. Michelle Wie, and Lexi Thompson are two of five in a tie for 13th at -11.
The final trio of Pace, Noordqvist and Ryu will tee off at 11:45 a.m. tomorrow, Sunday, June 17.
Anna Nordqvist sets her ball on the 9th green at Blythefield Country Club during the LPGA Meijer Classic. Photo by Jeannie Gregory/RockfordRoar.com
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