Anna Nordqvist leads Airbus LPGA Classic

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm •  Published: May 24, 2014
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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Anna Nordqvist moved into position for her third victory of the year, shooting her second straight 6-under 66 to take the third-round lead Saturday in the Airbus LPGA Classic.

The 26-year-old Swede, the winner in Thailand and Carlsbad, had a 16-under 200 total on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Magnolia Grove complex.

"All I can do is put myself in a position to have a chance tomorrow and I felt like I've done that," Nordqvist said. "Last year, I was in the final group and I was playing well and there was a lot of people coming from behind, so I know this golf course, you can never relax. You always have to keep pushing forward and trying to make birdies because if you don't, someone else will."

Nordqvist played the front nine in 5-under 31, birdieing Nos. 2-5 and 9, and added a birdie on the par-5 16th. She has only one bogey — on her fourth hole Friday — in 54 holes.

"I felt very confident and very comfortable," Nordqvist said. "Got off to a really good start and just tried to keep the momentum. Had a pretty good finish the last three holes, so I'm very happy with the day."

She set the course record last year, shooting a third-round 61 en route to a fourth-place tie.

"I definitely know I can score on this course," Nordqvist said.

Catriona Matthew, the 44-year-old Scot who led after each of the first two days, was a stroke back after a 70. She bogeyed three of the first five holes to drop to 10 under, then birdied five of the last 15 — including three of the last four.

"I obviously got off to a terrible start with the three bogeys when everyone else is making birdies," Matthew said. "Just knew there was a lot of chances there on the back nine if I could just hang in and try to start hitting greens again and give myself chances. Made four birdies on the back nine, so not the greatest round, but didn't play myself out of it."