Nordqvist leads in search of LPGA three-peat

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"But I just feel so good and I feel all the support".

Creamer and Kim each shot a 4-under 67 in windy conditions to reach 9 under at Stockton Seaview, while two-time defending champion Anna Nordqvist followed her opening 64 with a 71 to drop two strokes behind along with Moriya Jutanugarn - Ariya's older sister - and Jeong Eun Lee. Sharmila Nicollet, of India, tees off on the seventh hole of the ShopRite LPGA Classic golf tournament Friday, June 2, 2017, in Galloway Township, N.J.

Creamer, who nearly won this tournament 13 years ago as an amateur, was one shot off the lead when she made the turn.

Kim, now a five-time victor on the LPGA, said she didn't know where she stood until the 54th hole.

"It felt good today to go out there and crush all of it and keep building momentum", Wie said.

Lydia Ko's 85-week tenure as the world No.1 ranked golfer has ended a day earlier than expected.

Kim closed her round with back-to-back birdies and said she is feeling "even stronger" after a winter spent recuperating from injuries suffered in a freak fall down some stairs. "I was kind of frustrated after my first round, I just couldn't get my wedges close at all. I'm trying to get as many points as I can and trying to get up there and make the team", she said. "I had 150 [yards] to the front and I hit a 170 club and my caddie was like, 'What are you doing?' I had no idea I was rushing, but my caddie helped me a lot".

Ko, who has held the top spot for 84 weeks, is not playing in the event and was certain to relinquish her crown to either Ariya, another absentee in New Jersey, or Ryu, who had to finish at least third to displace the New Zealander.

Creamer, who nearly won this tournament 13 years ago as an amateur, was one shot off the lead when she made the turn. Back-to-back bogeys at 11 and 12 and a third at the 14th took her out of contention. "I should have been able to see that a little bit better", she said. "The fescue is a little hard this year, and with the wind, you're really going to have to hit solid golf shots".

But healthy again, she pulled away with a closing two-under 69 for a comfortable victory at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway.

Already the first golfer from the region to win a Major championship when she claimed the Women's British Open a year ago, she has now made more history without hitting a ball.

India's Sharmila Nicollet shot a 76-78 to miss the cut after winning a fan Twitter poll to get the final sponsor exemption.

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