Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist stood over a 12-foot putt on Friday, needing to make it just to make it to the weekend at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. She made the putt at the par-3 ninth hole, her 36th, adding to a birdie she needed and made two holes earlier just to get to the weekend.

And once there at Baltusrol’s Lower Course, her game caught some fire. Nordqvist followed a 66 on Saturday with a 6-under 65 on Sunday that got her close to the lead, pushing her all the way into a tie for third.

She was staying with old friends this week in New Jersey, and they left her an encouraging note knowing how hard she had played just to make the cut at 5-over 147. She kept the note in her yardage book on the weekend. It appears to have paid off. She can take some nice momentum with her going forward to the U.S. Women’s Open.

“Yeah, definitely knowing that you can pull off the shots when it matters the most, these are the tournaments that gets my adrenaline going,” said Nordqvist, one of only two players in this week’s field with at least two majors (In-Gee Chun was the other.)

“Very excited, and hopefully this will set up for a good summer.”

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