Two-time defending champ Nordqvist takes first-round LPGA lead

Swede Anna Nordqvist made a flying start in her quest for a three-peat as she surged into the first-round lead at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey on Friday.

The two-time defending champion birdied her first three holes en route to a seven-under-par 64 and a one-shot advantage over South Koreans Jenny Shin and Lee Jeong-eun, American Jennifer Song and Thai Moriya Jutanugarn at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway.

"I have fewer people around me so I am just trying to do my own thing a little bit more ... so just less noise around me, and I can go out there and enjoy and trust myself, " she said.

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