ShopRite LPGA Classic extended through 2023

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist got off to a hot start in her bid for a third straight LPGA ShopRite Classic crown on Friday with a seven-under par 64.

The Swedish standout is the two-time defending champion in this event and has recorded three other top-five finishes. With her best finish tied-42, she is clearly adapting to the environment in the United States of America, where she has started playing regularly now. "I've been playing good for a long time so I'm just trying to get everything to click at once", she said. "It nearly feels like home now with a lot of supporters and a lot of friends here". All four shot 6-under 65s. Creamer is looking for her first victory she won the HSBC Women's Champions in March of 2014.

The Bay Course at Seaview, a Donald Ross design, played to 6,217 yards on the scorecard.

Chasing Nordqvist is one last name the LPGA Tour has become familiar with at the top of leaderboards - Jutanugarn - but the younger of the two. She felt her fast start helped her build momentum.

"I feel like I enjoy this place, but at the same time, I don't feel like I have anything to prove here", Nordqvist said.

"I hit some really good shots, so I was just happy to get it going early and make the turn a couple under and then just keep it going from there". Her opening round previous year was also a 64. "We played in the morning and the wind hadn't really picked up yet and the greens weren't that bumpy".

Ryu also leads every important statistical category on tour, ranking first in Rolex Player of the Year points, money-winnings, Race to the CME points and scoring average.

"I'm taking it as a positive that I was able to play the final 12 holes at even-par", she said. "It's still my big goal but i want to focus on what I have to do out there". She slumped to a 68 in last year's second round. Song said she was able to execute well on her game plan. "I drained them, I think that just kept me going". I'm just trying to take it day-by-day.

"This is my ninth year on tour, so I feel like I'm getting a little more experience".

A total of 43 players broke par. Otherwise, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand will take over the No. 1 position.

But she shot 3-over 74 and is tied for 99th after Friday's first round.

Lydia Ko is skipping the event and will lose her No. 1 ranking to No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn or No. 3 So Yeon Ryu. She and Jutanugarn are not in the field this week.

  • Julie Sanders