Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Lexi Thompson holds onto 3-stroke lead at Kingsmill

Defending champion Aria Jutanugarn watches her tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Kingsmill Championship LPGA golf tournament in Williamsburg Va. Thursday LPGA's Lexi Thompson skydives into golf event
Carlton Santiago | 22 May, 2017, 02:43

The 22-year-old Thompson is playing her third event since losing the ANA Inspiration in a playoff after being penalised four strokes for a rules violation that a TV viewer reported.

Thompson shot a 2-under-par 69 on the River Course at the Kingsmill Resort and was at 14-under 199 through 54 holes. She waited out a rain delay in the middle of the round. "Yesterday and the first-round I want good my putter and then wasn't a good shot", said Kim. "Not much wind. Hopefully, we get some good weather this weekend".

One of Friday's best rounds belonged to Thailand native Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras, who made seven birdies and a bogey to match Kang's 65. "We all get to compete each week on the LPGA Tour because of the sacrifices of the SEALs and their families, so giving back is the least I can do". "Just excited for tomorrow".

Thompson hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation. "Keeping it as simple as possible".

"It's in flawless shape for us once again this year".

Asked to explain her success on that side, Thompson spoke more generally about the popular but hard River Course. "This course definitely suits the long-ball hitters, especially now". Sagstrom's game does seem to be smoothing out and playing with the world no. 1 may help to settle and focus her, even though Ko is dealing with her own set of problems right now.

Ryu, the ANA victor, was 5 under after a 67. Sunday is an important round for the rookie who looked ready to set the world on fire previous year when she was dominating the Symetra Tour.

Candie Kung joined Ko at 8 under.

Five back are Chung In-gee (66) of South Korea and Vicky Hurst (67).

Another solid day for Chun, who carded a 4-under, 67, to sit three shots off the lead, but she said she feels her swing has been off this week. "This week my swing doesn't feel good, so I try to stay humble in myself", said Chun. The top ranked player in the world, Lydia Ko, was hot on the back nine.

The 22-year-old United States star made a run of five birdies in a row on her second nine of the day to stand one stroke ahead of three compatriots - Gerina Piller, Brittany Lincicome and Angel Yin. Thompson, looking to pick up her first win of the 2017 season, leads fellow American Gerina Piller by three-strokes.

Golfer Lexi Thompson made a spectacular entrance Wednesday at the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va. Thompson finished with a 6-under.

Ko will play with rookie Madelene Sagstrom who looks to have finally found her game. She reached the par-5 15th with driver and 6-iron.

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