Now that Ryu has missed the cut, Ariya Jutanugarn will move up to No. 1 in the world, supplanting Lydia Ko, who has held the spot for 84 consecutive weeks. In-Kyung Kim, of South Korea, holds the trophy after winning the ShopRite LPGA Classic golf tournament Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Galloway Township, N.J.
Brooke M. Henderson tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic golf tournament Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Galloway Township, N.J.
"I hit the ball really well today and got a few putts going early, and then kept hitting my wedges really well", the 29-year-old said after a round that included nine birdies and two bogeys.
"Fifteen kind of killed us", Nordqvist said. "I hit a lot of good quality shots, but I hit a lot of poor quality shots, too". But she fired back-to-back rounds of three-over 74 to miss the second-round cut in the 54-hole tournament.
She said she had been "pretty nervous" through much of the round due to the testing breeze and also because her threesome was being timed for slow play for several holes.
"I feel like I enjoy this place, but at the same time, I don't feel like I have anything to prove here", Nordqvist said.
"This winter I didn't have any break, I needed some time to get ready for the summer", Kim said.
"These last two days have been good golf".
NOTES: The last player to win the same LPGA event three years running was Inbee Park, who won what is now the PGA Women's Championship in 2013 '14 and '15. "I'm really healthy now, but I fell on the stair and just wasn't good".
Shes trying to join fellow Swede Annika Sorenstam as the only three-time victor. "I'm still in it".
Nordqvist won the Founders Cup in Phoenix in March for her seventh LPGA Tour title, a homecoming victory for the former Arizona State star.
Creamer, who nearly won this tournament 13 years ago as an amateur, was one shot off the lead when she made the turn. She was two-under-par after a 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.
Stacy Lewis followed an opening 67 with a 72 to drop into a tie for 19th at 3 under.
Kim, 28, is perhaps best known for missing a putt from barely one foot that would have won her a major in 2012 at the tournament now named the ANA Inspiration.