Thursday, March 22, 2018

Lexi Thompson, Laura Davies among five in lead at 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.