Swedish rookie Anna Nordqvist birdied the 17th hole while completing her round early Sunday morning, finishing off a 3-under-par 69 to bump her lead to two shots over Aussie Lindsey Wright. Nordqvist’s play was impressive in the third round as she moved to 11-under 205. Through the first two rounds, she played in front of sparse galleries, but she was in the last pairing off on Saturday with larger crowds and more pressure knowing she was in the television spotlight in the Golf Channel’s telecast. She even agreed to be interviewed in Golf Channel’s “At the Turn” segment and looked cool and confident. It’s just Nordqvist’s fifth start as an LPGA member.
No American has won the McDonald’s LPGA since Juli Inkster in 2000.
That’s the longest drought by the Americans in any major.
Four Americans are within the top 10 starting out on Sunday, but none is closer than five shots back. Kristy McPherson (6 under) is tied for fifth. Angela Stanford, Nicole Castrale and Stacy Lewis all tied for seventh at 5 under.
Stanford was disappointed after a bogey at the finishing hole early Saturday evening, but she’s pleased that the work she’s putting into her swing seemed to kick in midway through the round, setting up a possible run Sunday.
Her final-round plan?
“Just attack,” she said. “I am going to attack and go down swinging. I’m not leaving anything in the barrel.”