Lydia Ko storms into contention on LPGA tour in Phoenix

"Feels like home to me", Wie said. The event record was 3 under previous year. "Struggling to make the cut on Fridays, coming down the stretch and trying to make the cut is a whole different feeling than making birdies to stay in contention".

Leading Australian Sarah Jane Smith fired her third consecutive sub-par round but dropped a shot at the 18th hole for the second straight day.

"I just hit it really close and I was able to get home for two on 11. So tomorrow it is just go have fun".

"You see guys win and he (Palmer) is waiting there on the back of the green and to not have that is obviously very sad, but to win here is just a dream come true", said Leishman. She won at Desert Ridge in 2013 to reach No. 1, was second in 2014 and 2015 and tied for fourth a year ago.

World No.2 Jutanugarn birdied four of the last six holes and is bogey-free after two days.

"It's always hard to follow up a round like yesterday (64), so happy with the day again".

Nordqvist topped the leaderboard at 21-under 195.

That's 13 second-place finishes now for Lewis since her last victory at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship 33 months ago.

Ha Na Jang won a Kia Cadenza SXL with a hole-in-one on No. 17. "I have so many of my friends and family - well they feel like family, my United States family". Lewis and Ariya have had identical scores each day, with Ariya getting the spot in the final twosome with Nordqvist because she was listed first on the tee sheet on Thursday. "Oh, my God, that one is mine". She added birdies on the par-three 14th, par-five 15th and par-three 17th.

She has been building steadily after beginning the year with a 46th placing at the Women's Australian Open in Adelaide in February.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko (69) and defending champion Sei Young Kim (70) were 7 under.

Nordqvist finished at 25-under 263, two strokes off the LPGA Tour record that Sei Young Kim matched previous year at Desert Ridge.

  • Julie Sanders