With two rounds left, Stark has five strokes up to the surprising leader Yuka Saso, a 19-year-old from the Philippines.

Strong from Abbekås thrives at the US Open and finished 13th when the competition was played in December last year.

- I think the placement last year did a lot.

I know I do not have to play 100 and beat my best shots ever but can still be in the fight.

It was nice to know.

"Miss fairways and greens"

Strong went around at -1, 70 strokes after two birdies and a bogey and the rest par at the Olympic Club outside San Francisco.

She also has -1 in total.

- It was not brilliant today but I am very happy considering that I miss a lot of fairways and greens, says Stark to Viaplay according to Svensk Golf.

Two Swedes have succeeded in winning the US Women's Open.

Liselotte Neumann was first in 1988 before Annika Sörenstam managed to take three victories in 1995, 96 and 2006.

Strong goes out at 22.51 tonight.

Madelene Sagström is the second best Swede as 18th with +2, the only other Swede with a decent hang on the top tier.

To the leaderboard.

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