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Long birdies put Swede in lead

SYLVANIA, Ohio — Pernilla Lindberg holed birdie putts of 40 and 50 feet and added three 25-footers in a round of 7-under 64 for a two-shot lead after the opening round at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic.

The Swede, who played at Oklahoma State, is in her third year on the LPGA Tour.

"That is one of my goals," she said of making it big on this side of the Atlantic. "If I can start showing my name on the leaderboard more often here, it's going to give me more confidence and that, of course, is what everyone wants."

Lindberg, 26, has not finished in the top 10 of an LPGA event in her 36 starts as a pro. She has missed the cut in six of her 10 starts this season.

Angela Stanford was two strokes back at Highland Meadows Golf Club along with five others. The 2008 champ Paula Creamer had 68, as did Stacy Lewis, the LPGA money leader.

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome and Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse shot 2-under 69. Tampa resident Kristy McPherson shot 1-over 72.

Long birdies put Swede in lead 08/09/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 9, 2012 10:38pm]
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