Sharmila Nicollet, of India, tees off on the fifth hole of the ShopRite LPGA Classic golf tournament Friday, June 2, 2017, in Galloway Township, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Frank Franklin II
June 02, 2017

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.

The two-time defending champion shot a 7-under 64 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the first-round of the 54-hole event near Atlantic City. She's trying to join fellow Swede Annika Sorenstam as the only three-time winner.

Moriya Jutanugarn, Jeong Eun Lee, Jenny Shin and Jennifer Song were tied for second, and Paula Creamer, Pornanong Phatlum and In-Kyung Kim followed at 66.

Lydia Ko is skipping the event and will lose her No. 1 ranking to No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn, also taking the week off, or No. 3 So Yeon Ryu.

Ryu had four straight bogeys in a 74 that left her tied for 98th - and in danger of missing the cut. She needs to finish solo third or better to take the top spot.

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