Anna Nordqvist among 3 co-leaders at ShopRite LPGA Classic

SINGAPORE - MARCH 02: Anna Nordqvist of Sweden plays her shot from the 14th tee during round two of the HSBC Women's World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club on March 2, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Anna Nordqvist among 3 co-leaders at ShopRite LPGA Classic

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Anna Nordqvist among 3 co-leaders at ShopRite LPGA Classic

GALLOWAY, N.J. (AP) — Two-time champion Anna Nordqvist shot a 5-under 66 on Friday for a share of the first-round lead with Laura Diaz and Celine Herbin in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Nordqvist won the 54-hole event in 2015 and 2016 on Stockton Seaview’s Bay Course and finished second last year. Teeing off Friday in the afternoon when the wind was stronger, the 30-year-old Swede closed her bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-5 ninth.

The 43-year-old Diaz made the field as an alternate. She played in the morning when the greens were smoother and the wind more benign.

Herbin birdied the final two holes.

Lydia Ko, In-Gee Chun and ANA Inspiration winner Pernilla Lindberg were at 67 with Sandra Gal, Su Oh, Beatriz Recari, Amy Yang and Wayne, New Jersey native Marina Alex. Defending champion I.K. Kim had a 68.

Shanshan Feng, at No. 4 the top-ranked player in the field, shot 69.

Leona Maguire, the former Duke star from Ireland, had a 69 in pro debut.

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