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Nordqvist holds onto lead in Thailand despite rain

AP, CHONBURI, Thailand

Despite two late bogeys, Anna Nordqvist of Sweden shot an even-par 72 to cling to the lead at the LPGA Thailand after a rainy second round yesterday.

Nordqvist, chasing her first win on the LPGA Tour since 2009, bogeyed the 16th and 18th holes to settle on six-under 138, one stroke in front of Paraguay’s Julieta Granada (68), Spain’s Azahara Munoz (68) and Germany’s Sandra Gal (70), who all have one career win.

A further shot behind were the US’ Stacy Lewis (69) and Michelle Wie (73) on four-under.

World No. 1 and defending champion Inbee Park and No. 2 Suzann Pettersen were four shots off the pace in a field including all of the world top 10.

While rain dampened the Siam Country Club, it was not enough for organizers to suspend play.

Nordqvist was at eight-under until her late stumbles, and was not too fussed.

“I’m excited. This is a position I’ve been practicing to be in. Hopefully, I can make a couple of more putts over the weekend and that should take care of it,” she said.

Granada enjoyed a bogey-free round with four birdies.

Munoz birdied the 18th and Gal sank three birdies.

Lewis offset four bogeys with seven birdies. She turned at two-under and birdied the last to be four-under with Wie.

Taiwan’s Candie Kung shot a four-over-par 77.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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