Monday, December 18, 2017
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Lexi Thompson takes lead alone in LPGA Meijer Classic

BELMONT, Mich. — Defending champion Lexi Thompson fought through back pain Friday to take the second-round lead in the LPGA Meijer Classic.

"It just came on last weekend, and it was really bad (Friday)," Thompson said. "I'm not really one to complain about pain because I just fight through it, but yeah, it's hurting. I'm going to go and get a rubdown and see if it goes away."

Thompson, one of five players who shared the first-round lead, shot 4-under 67, rebounding from bogeys on 15 and 16 with birdies on the final two holes to reach 10-under 132 at Blythefield.

Alena Sharp bogeyed her final hole to drop into a tie for second at 9 under with In Gee Chun, So Yeon Ryu and Q Baek. They all shot 67.

Sharp, a 35-year-old Canadian, is winless on the tour. She has six top-10 finishes in 11 seasons.

"I'm going to just keep playing my game, hit fairways and go at pins when I can," Sharp said. "My putting has been really good the last two tournaments, so I'm kind of relying on it."

Top-ranked Lydia Ko and No. 2 Brooke Henderson, coming off a playoff victory over Ko in the Women's PGA Championship, were together at 7 under with four others after matching rounds of 68.

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (68) was in a group of eight at 5 under.

Laura Davies, the 52-year-old World Golf Hall of Fame member who had a share of the first-round lead, shot 73 to drop to 4 under. Of the other Thursday co-leaders, Sei Young Kim (69) and Carlota Ciganda (69) were in a group of seven at 8 under, and Paula Reto (70) was 7 under.

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