The woman from Birmingham has never won on the LPGA Tour. Her best finish was second at Corning in 1993, when she lost on the first playoff hole after a final-round 65 to tie with Kelly Robbins.
On Saturday she climbed to the top of the leaderboard after bogeying the first by scoring seven birdies - four in the last nine holes. She almost had a hole-in-one on the third when the ball rolled on to the green and struck the pin.
Nicholas pulled level with a birdie at the sixth. And, at the 14th, moved ahead of Bradley with a 20ft downhill putt. Bradley, with only one bogey in the tournament, finished with 70.Reuse content