Home Swede home for Arizona gal Anna
PHOENIX: Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist set a tournament course record with an 11-under 61 on Saturday to take a twostroke lead after the third round of the LPGA Tour’s Founders Cup.
The score also tied her career best round score which she shot in the third round of the Mobile Bay Classic in 2013. The previous best tournament round score was a 62.
Anna, who was born in Eskilstuna outside of Stockholm, said she enjoys playing on the western United States.
“I always say I’m a west coast girl and people remind me I’m from Sweden,” she said.
Anna went out in the afternoon at the Wildfire Golf Club and started quickly with a five-under par, 31 on her first nine holes. She played college golf in Arizona so feels at home on this course.
“They always say that home is where the heart is, and my heart is definitely still here,” said Anna. “Even though I live in Florida now, this definitely feels like home. I have family and friends here, or seem like family.
“So I was staying with friends this week. It’s just been a fun week. It’s been busy first week back in the US, but just always feel special coming back here. I wish I could more often. Definitely, have a big smile on my face this week.”
Anna reached 21under 195 and held a two-stroke lead over opening round playing partners, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and American Stacy Lewis.
“Yeah, I had a great first two days with Stacy and Ariya. I think
I always say I’m a west coast girl and people remind me I’m from Sweden. ANNA NORDQVIST
we were 36-under as a group for the first two days. Someone seemed to be birdieing almost every hole,” said Anna.
Ariya had three straight birdies on the back nine to finish with a bogey free 66 score.
“I’m starting to make some putts,” Ariya said. “I missed a pretty short one, but today was good.”
Stacy recorded seven birdies and one bogey cruising to a sixunder par in round three.
“Making those two birdies coming in was huge. With the way this golf course is playing, two back is not a big deal,” she said. AFP
Anna Nordqvist lines up her birdie putt on the 14th green IN the the third round of the Bank Of Hope Founders Cup on Saturday.