South Korea's In-Kyung Kim wins ShopRite LPGA Classic

Glen Mclaughlin
June 5, 2017

Kim won the Reignwood LPGA Classic late past year in China for her fourth tour title.

Lydia Ko's reign as world number one is set to end on Sunday, but it remains unclear just who will replace her atop the summit at Sunday's conclusion of the LPGA ShopRite Classic.

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Anna Nordqvist knows how to get around Stockton Seaview - and likes the view from atop the ShopRite LPGA Classic leaderboard. She fell down a flight of stairs and bruised her tailbone, but Kim said it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. "Was really tricky and challenge out there, but I gave my best". It nearly feels like home now with a lot of supporters and a lot of friends here.”.

She's trying to join fellow Swede Annika Sorenstam as the only three-time victor.

"I really prepared for this summer", she said. I'm trying to embrace it. "So just less noise around me, and I can go out there and enjoy and trust myself". Happy with my start and looking forward to the rest.”.

Nordqvist birdied her first three holes at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in Galloway, New Jersey and finished the day with a one-stroke lead over South Koreans Lee Jeong-Eun and Jenny Shin, Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn and American Jennifer Song.

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The South Korea-born New Zealander is not playing this week's ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey, which means she is certain to be overtaken by either Ariya Jutanugarn or Ryu So-yeon, the LPGA announced. Ko, also skipping the event, was guaranteed to lose the top spot to Ariya Jutanugarn or Ryu, and Ariya Jutanugarn got the position when Ryu failed to finish solo third or better.

Nordqvist had nine birdies and two bogeys.

She said she had been "pretty nervous" through much of the round due to the testing breeze and also because her threesome was being timed for slow play for several holes.

Sweden's two-time champion Anna Nordqvist stayed on course to for a three-peat enroute to a seven-under 64. "It was just a hard afternoon with the wind". Stacy Lewis now has the longest LPGA cut streak with 49 straight made.

The 30-year-old Creamer has 10 LPGA victories, including the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, but has not won since March 2014 in Singapore.

India's Sharmila Nicollet shot a 76-78 to miss the cut after winning a fan Twitter poll to get the final sponsor exemption.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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