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Anna Nordqvist held a one-shot lead after the second round of the Safeway Classic at North Plains.

Swedish upstart Anna Nordqvist held a one-shot lead after the second round of the Safeway Classic at North Plains.

The Swedish rookie could not quite match her opening-round 65, but a 69 was enough to move her into a 10-under par total and take her to the top of the leaderboard ahead of Ai Miyazato, of Japan and Seon Hwa Lee, of South Korea.

“She’s a very steady player,” Miyazato said of Nordqvist. “She won’t easily be overtaken.”

Nordqvist, who played for Arizona State University before her switch to the pro game earlier this year, rebounded from bogeys at the 8th and 14th holes with birdies.

“I had a really solid day,” she said.

“I hit my irons really well, especially on the first nine.

“I didn’t really get the putts to drop the first couple holes. But after I three-putted from six feet on No.8, I birdied nine and 10 and then I just kept hanging in there.

Nordqvist, who played for Europe in the recent Solheim Cup and whose four-shot victory in the LPGA Championship gave her a Major title in just her fifth professional start, said for what is just her 11th professional event: “I still feel more like a rookie than a Major winner because I think I have a lot to learn.”

“I haven’t been out there that long and I think there are always things you can learn.”

Miyazato, in the meantime, birdied three holes in a row, from the 8th, to claim her share of second with a 68, while Lee drained a birdie putt at the 18th to complete a 70.

Two more players, Michele Redman and Suzann Pettersen, were a shot further back,

Beth Bader, who had started the day on top of the leaderboard after carding a first-round 64, could only manage a 73 and dropped three shots off the pace.

Angela Stanford and Natalie Gulbis were also on seven under, with six players four shots off the lead.

Michelle Wie shot a 71 to lie five under, while Welshwoman Becky Morgan and England’s Karen Stupples were on three under.
British Open champion Catriona Matthew bounced back from her opening-round 77 with a 68 to sit one over along with Laura Davies.
ALL THE SECOND ROUND SCORES
(USA unless stated, par 72):

134 Anna Nordqvist (Swe) 65 69
135 Ai Miyazato (Jpn) 67 68, Hwa seon Lee (Kor) 65 70
136 Suzann Pettersen (Nor) 68 68, Michele Redman 67 69
137 Natalie Gulbis 68 69, Beth Bader 64 73, Angela Stanford 66 71
138 Jennifer Rosales (Ph) 68 70, Sophie Gustafson (Swe) 71 67, M.j Hur (Kor) 69 69, Russy Gulyanamitta (Tha) 71 67, Christina Kim 68 70, Jeong Jang (Kor) 68 70
139 Michelle Wie 68 71, Stacy Prammanasudh 66 73, Pornanong Phatlum (Tha) 71 68, Meena Lee (Kor) 70 69, Cristie Kerr 69 70, Eva Dahllof (Swe) 69 70, Hee Young Park (Kor) 74 65
140 Sun Young Yoo (Kor) 70 70, Eun Hee Ji (Kor) 70 70, Amy Hung (Tai) 73 67, Moira Dunn 67 73, Sarah Lee 72 68
141 Lindsey Wright (Aus) 72 69, Giulia Sergas (Ita) 72 69, Paige Mackenzie 70 71, Karen Stupples (Eng) 70 71, Shi Hyun Ahn (Kor) 70 71, Young Kim (Kor) 70 71, Maria Hjorth (Swe) 70 71, Na Yeon Choi (Kor) 73 68, Becky Morgan (Wa) 70 71, Momoko Ueda (Jpn) 70 71
142 Mika Miyazato (Jpn) 69 73, Lorena Ochoa (Mex) 70 72, Julieta Granada (Par) 73 69, Brittany Lang 73 69, Katie Futcher 72 70, Jee young Lee (Kor) 75 67, Candie Kung (Tai) 66 76, Alena Sharp (Can) 71 71, Hye Jung Choi (Kor) 72 70
143 Il Mi Chung (Kor) 69 74, Jill McGill 72 71, Heather Bowie young 72 71, Haeji Kang (Kor) 71 72, Brandi Jackson 71 72, Song-Hee Kim (Kor) 73 70, Anna Rawson (Aus) 72 71, Vicky Hurst 74 69, Ji-Yai Shin (Kor) 74 69, Ya-Ni Tseng (Tai) 68 75, Jimin Kang (Kor) 72 71
144 Irene Cho 71 73, Morgan Pressel 74 70, Amy Yang 73 71, Kristy McPherson 71 73, Sandra Gal (Ger) 75 69, Rachel Hetherington (Aus) 76 68, Teresa Lu (Tai) 74 70, Samantha Richdale 71 73, Mikaela Parmlid (Swe) 77 67, Lisa Strom 73 71, Laura Diaz 70 74, Stacy Lewis 72 72, Kris Tschetter 76 68, Janice Moodie (Sco) 66 78
————————-The following players failed to make the Cut—————
145 Anja Monke (Ger) 71 74, Chella Choi (Kor) 75 70, Ayaka Kaneko 73 72, Catriona Matthew (Sco) 77 68, Wendy Ward 76 69, Diana D’Alessio 71 74, Pat Hurst 74 71, Leah Wigger 72 73, Johanna Mundy (Eng) 73 72, In-Kyung Kim (Kor) 74 71, Carri Wood 69 76, Allison Hanna-Williams 74 71, Sarah Kemp (Aus) 73 72, Laura Davies (Eng) 71 74, Katherine Hull (Aus) 77 68
146 Joo Mi Kim (Kor) 75 71, Lorie Kane (Can) 77 69, In-Bee Park (Kor) 76 70, Ji-Young Oh (Kor) 73 73, Soo-Yun Kang (Kor) 77 69, Eunjung Yi (Kor) 75 71, Erica Blasberg 72 74, Nicole Castrale 74 72, Allison Fouch 70 76, Danielle Downey 75 71, Marcy Hart 72 74
147 Marisa Baena 73 74, Nontaya Srisawang (Tha) 73 74, Mollie Fankhauser 73 74, Jin young Pak (Kor) 74 73, Karin Sjodin (Swe) 73 74, Kris Tamulis 74 73
148 Audra Burks 78 70, Brittany Lincicome 77 71, Helen Alfredsson (Swe) 70 78
149 Ashleigh Simon (Rsa) 72 77, Reilley Rankin 73 76, Meaghan Francella 74 75, Anna Grzebien 71 78, Hee-Won Han (Kor) 77 72, Becky Iverson 78 71, Leta Lindley 74 75
150 Taylor Leon 76 74, Becky Lucidi 74 76, Carin Koch (Swe) 76 74, Karine Icher (Fra) 77 73
151 Silvia Cavalleri (Ita) 76 75, Carolina Llano 73 78, Shiho Oyama (Jpn) 78 73, Jamie Hullett 79 72, Kim Hall 76 75, Song yi Choi (Kor) 76 75, Meredith Duncan 80 71
152 Sung Ah Yim (Kor) 79 73, Kim Welch 79 73, Louise Friberg (Swe) 77 75, Sophie Giquel (Fra) 80 72, Karrie Webb (Aus) 74 78
153 Cindy Rarick 76 77, Louise Stahle (Swe) 74 79, Charlotte Mayorkas 79 74, Liselotte Neumann (Swe) 74 79
154 Stephanie Louden 80 74, Christi Cano 81 73, Jimin Jeong 80 74, Sarah-jane Smith (Aus) 79 75, Taylore Karle 78 76
155 Mindy Kim 82 73, Dorothy Delasin 81 74
158 Jeehae Lee (Kor) 83 75
159 Jeanne Cho-Hunicke 83 76, Amy Eneroth 78 81
161 Kyeong Bae (Kor) 78 83
WD: 69 Se ri Pak (Kor)

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