Kyung Kim wins LPGA Classic

Anna Nordqvist

Ryu continued a disappointing record at the Shoprite Classic by missing the cut and so the door was left open for Jutanugarn to take over from New Zealand's Lydia Ko who, after holding the top position for 84 weeks, has slipped to number two.

Sandra Gal, of Germany, tees off on the fourth hole during the second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic golf tournament, Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Galloway Township, N.J.

Ko and Jutanugarn were both taking a week off while the LPGA Tour continued at the ShopRite Classic in New Jersey in the USA with the rankings change dependent on how a third rival, South Korea's So Yeon Ryu, performed there.

"Yesterday was not my best day", Dufner said, "but I had to get over it quick".

Ryu, now ranked third in the world, can leapfrog world number two Ariya to seize number one if she finishes third or better - although a tie for second or third could open the door for Jutanugarn.

Kim enjoyed a two-shot swing at the 10th with her birdie and Creamer's bogey. Mi Hyang Lee, of South Korea, approaches her ball on the sixth green during the first round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic golf tournament Friday, June 2, 2017, in Galloway Township, N.J.

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Kim said her win was earlier than expected after her injury-enforced break. "I'm really healthy now, but I fell on the stair and just wasn't good".

Kim traded a birdie at the 13th with a bogey at the 14th to remain at 11-under, while a bogey at the 15th dropped Nordquivst two shots behind the South Korean. Nordqvist was also trying to join Annika Sorenstam and Betsy King as the only golfers to win three Classics.

"Last group, wind like this, but we were I think little slow and we were on the clock on those tricky holes", Kim said. "I'm still in it. I couldn't get my wedges in close at all, so I spent a lot of time on the range afterwards just working on my wedge game".

Nordqvist won the Founders Cup in Phoenix in March for her seventh LPGA Tour title, a homecoming victory for the former Arizona State star.

With Ryu's streak ended, Stacy Lewis becomes the tour's active leader in consecutive cuts made, with 49, including this event. Nordqvist, two-time defending champion, also carded a two-under 69. That gave her a one shot lead over Moriya Jutanugarn, the younger sister of the in-form Ariya Jutanugarn, who was taking the week off.

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