Home Swede home for Ari­zona gal Anna

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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

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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.

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