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Lexi Thompson, Laura Davies among five in lead at LPGA Classic

Defending champion Lexi Thompson, 20, is among five on top at the LPGA Classic.

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Defending champion Lexi Thompson, 20, is among five on top at the LPGA Classic.

BELMONT, Mich. — Defending champion Lexi Thompson shot 6-under 65 Thursday for a share of the LPGA Meijer Classic lead.

Thompson played the front nine — her final nine at Blythefield — in 6 under. "I had a slow start for my first nine … but hit it very well and then got on a birdie run there on my second nine," Thompson said. "The course was playing tough at one point because it got pretty windy."

She was tied for the lead with 52-year-old Laura Davies, Sei Young Kim, Carlota Ciganda and Paula Reto. U.S. Women's Open champion In Gee Chun was among a group of seven at 66. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome was 2 under.

Thompson, 21, won the LPGA Thailand in February for her seventh tour title and also won a Japan LPGA event last month.

Davies had seven birdies and a bogey.

"I've been playing well recently, but I haven't been holing any putts," said Davies, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. "(Thursday) I holed some putts, so that's what I put it down to 100 percent. I did drive it well, but the putter was the reason."

Davies won the most recent of her 20 tour titles in 2001.

Lexi Thompson, Laura Davies among five in lead at LPGA Classic 06/16/16 [Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2016 11:03pm]
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