Dani Holmqvist surprise leader after first round of LPGA Classic - ESPN

2023-06-10 00:57:39  • 4 mins

GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Dani Holmqvist shot a career-best 7-under 64 on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Jenny Shin and Chinese rookie Yan Liu after the first round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Two-time ShopRite winner Anna Nordqvist and Georgia Hall were in a group of five two shots off the lead in the 54-hole event on the Bay Course at Seaview, close to the casinos in Atlantic City.

Having Holmqvist in front is a surprise. The 35-year-old Swede, who has never won on tour, had missed the cut in all five events she played this year. She had five birdies and an eagle playing in the afternoon groupings. She has two previous 65s, one here in 2018.

Holmqvist said she's had a slow start to the season and hasn't played enough to get herself into a rhythm. Being in front is a good feeling though.

"That's what we all strive to do," she said. "Some weeks you're better than others, and some weeks you feel like you're losing. So it's fun to actually come up on top for you once. This game is tough, and just got to cherish the moments when you actually put together a good one."

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