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Swede lass on fire

PHOENIX (AFP) – Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist set a tournament course record with an 11-under 61 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the LPGA Tour’s Founders Cup.

The score also tied her career best round score which she shot in the third round of the Mobile Bay Classic in 2013. The previous best tournament round score was a 62.

Nordqvist, who was born in Eskilstuna outside of Stockholm, said she enjoys playing on the western United States.

Nordqvist went out in the afternoon at the Wildfire Golf Club and started quickly with a five-under par, 31 on her first nine holes. She played college golf in Arizona so feels at home on this course.

“They always say that home is where the heart is, and my heart is definitely still here,’’ said Nordqvist. “Even though I live in Florida now, this definitely feels like home. I have family and friends here, or seem like family.

“So I was staying with friends this week. It’s just been a fun week. It’s been busy first week back in the US, but just always feel special coming back here. I wish I could more often. Definitely, have a big smile on my face this week.’’

Nordqvist reached 21-under par 195 and has a two-stroke lead over opening round playing partners, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and American Stacy Lewis.