Tracker: Thompson shares Wegmans LPGA lead

Lexi Thompson will seek her second major title at the 2014 Wegmans LPGA Championship when the first round begins Thursday (shown here at last week's Meijer LPGA Classic).
Lexi Thompson will seek her second major title at the 2014 Wegmans LPGA Championship when the first round begins Thursday (shown here at last week's Meijer LPGA Classic). ( Associated Press )

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lexi Thompson shot a 6-under 66 to earn a share of the lead with Meena Lee at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. Thompson made eight birdies on the day, missing just two greens in regulation.

Lydia Ko shot 2-under 70, and Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen finished at 1-under 71.

Here's how the first round unfolded:

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Update No. 22: 5:33 p.m. EDT

Stacy Lewis bogeys the par-4 fifth hole to drop back to 1 under. Lewis has hit just eight of 15 fairway so far today and is at 21 putts with four holes left.

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Update No. 21: 4:21 p.m. EDT

Lexi Thompson and Meena Lee still share the clubhouse lead at 6 under. No one on the course is within two shots of that, either. Meena Lee, Cristie Kerr, Beatriz Recari and Jennifer Kirby are all at 3 under with holes still to play today.

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Update No. 20: 3:29 p.m. EDT

Stacy Lewis made three straight birdies, at Nos. 12-14, but a bogey at the par-3 16th drops her back to 2 under. Her playing competitors, Lydia Ko and Anna Nordqvist, are 3 under and even par, respectively.

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Update No. 19: 2:47 p.m. EDT

Suzann Pettersen's run continues. After birdies at Nos. 12 and 13, Pettersen finds the green in two at the par-5 14th and makes eagle to move to 4 under. She has just seven putts through five holes.

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Update No. 18: 2:25 p.m. EDT

Stacy Lewis gets into red numbers with a birdie at the par-5 12th hole. That birdie follows Suzann Pettersen's birdie at the 12th in the previous group. Pettersen then nearly aced the par-3 13th an made another birdie to move to 2 under.

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Update No. 17: 2:14 p.m. EDT

Yani Tseng, who said during the International Crown she's putting too much pressure on herself, is 2 under through four holes today. Tseng has missed two cuts in three previous major starts this season, and tied for 35th at the U.S. Women's Open.

She's hit all four greens and all three fairways so far.

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Update No. 16: 1:50 p.m. EDT

There was birdie chances galore on No. 11. Cristie Kerr nailed hers to go to 1 under through two holes, and Suzann Pettersen and Jessica Korda just missed. Pettersen will remain at even par and Korda sits tight at 1 under.

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Update No. 15: 1:45 p.m. EDT

Jessica Korda started her round on a high note, nabbing a birdie on No. 10, her first hole.

Here's some analysis from Golfweek's Beth Ann Nichols on Lexi Thompson:

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Update No. 14: 1:23 p.m. EDT

And they're off: The star studded grouping of Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen and Jessica Korda has teed off.

Meanwhile, Lexi Thompson had this to say after her 6-under round: "I need to get more positive out there and not let the bad shots get to me. … I'm coming into the week with a positive attitude. It's just one day done now, so I'm just going to try my best and take it one shot at a time."

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Update No. 13: 1:17 p.m. EDT

Lexi Thompson sinks a birdie putt on No. 18 to head into the clubhouse at 6-under 66, sharing the lead with Meena Lee.

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Update No. 12: 1:08 p.m. EDT

Women's British Open champ Mo Martin finished her round at even-par after bogeying her final hole.

Shanshan Feng wrapped up her round at 4-under 68, and Brittany Lincicome carded at 5-under 67.

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Update No. 11: 12:50 p.m. EDT

Lisa McCloskey birdied four straight holes, and six of her last eight, to finish with a 5-under 67 – one shot back of the current leader, Meena Lee.

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Update No. 10: 12:45 p.m. EDT

Lexi Thompson falls back another stroke after bogeying her second straight hole. She three-putted on the par-3 16th to fall back to 5 under. Meena Lee sits atop the leaderboard at 6 under. She has one hole to go: the par-5 ninth after starting on hole No. 10.

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Update No. 9: 12:35 p.m. EDT

Just like that, Lexi Thompson's lead is gone. Thompson made her first bogey of the day at the par-4 15th, and Meena Lee birdied two holes in a row to knot things up at 6 under.

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Update No. 8: 12:30 p.m. EDT

Emma Jandel lost a little bit of steam near the end, making bogey on Nos. 17 and 18, but had a memorable day. The rookie shot 3-under 69, four strokes back of current leader Lexi Thompson and just the third round in the 60s of her LPGA career. She earned a spot in the tournament after Michelle Wie withdrew. Read more about Wie's injury here.

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Update No. 7: 12:20 p.m. EDT

Lexi Thompson is pulling away from the pack. After making a 4 on the par-5 14th, she leads by three strokes at 7 under. Thompson, who is bogey-free on the day, has birdied three of her last four holes. Four golfers, including Brittany Lincicome and Shanshan Feng, are tied for second at 4 under.

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Update No. 6: 11:55 a.m. EDT

Lexi Thompson has taken sole possession of the lead. The 19-year-old birdied the par-5 12th, her second straight, moving to 6 under on the day. She has another par 5 coming up at No. 14.

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Update No. 5: 11:45 a.m. EDT

Emma Jandel, Meena Lee and Lexi Thompson are holding strong at 5 under. Brittany Lincicome has joined Shanshan Feng in a tie for second at 4 under after making birdie one two straight holes.

Here is an update on the top 10 golfers in the Golfweek/Sagarin Raankings who are playing:

  • 1. Stacy Lewis - 1:32 p.m.
  • 2. Suzann Pettersen - 1:21 p.m.
  • 3. Lydia Ko - 1:32 p.m.
  • 4. Inbee Park - E through 11
  • 5. Shanshan Feng - 4 under through 13
  • 7. So Yeon Ryu - 1 over through 14
  • 9. Lexi Thompson - 5 under through 11
  • 10. Chella Choi - E through 13

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Update No. 4: 11:32 a.m. EDT

Lexi Thompson and Meena Lee have joined Emma Jandel atop the leaderboard at 5 under. Thompson, who is bogey-free through 11 holes, is heading into a stretch with two par 5s in the next three holes. Jandel proved she can in fact make a par after a three-hole birdie streak. She has a par 3 and two par 4s left heading into the clubhouse.

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Update No. 3: 11:12 a.m. EDT

Emma Jandel has taken sole possession of the lead at 5 under after railing off three straight birdies on Nos. 12-14. Jandel, a rookie on Tour this year, has missed the cut at eight of the nine LPGA events she's played. A pack of four golfers follow her at 4 under.

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Update No. 2: 10:55 a.m. EDT

The leaderboard is crowded at the top, with four golfers tied at 4 under: Mi Jung Hur, Emma Jandel, Meena Lee and Lexi Thompson. Thompson, who made the turn at 4-under 32, has birdied both par 5s today, thanks, in part, to her 269.5 driving average. Coming in one stroke behind are Yueer Cindy Feng and Shanshan Feng.

Upcoming notable tee times:

Stephanie Meadow, 12:48 p.m.

Juli Inkster, 1:10 p.m.

Cristie Kerr, 1:21 p.m.

Jessica Korda 1:21 p.m.

Suzann Pettersen, 1:21 p.m.

Lydia Ko, 1:32 p.m.

Stacy Lewis, 1:32 p.m.

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Update No. 1: 10:37 A.M. EDT

Mi Jung Hur has jumped out to take the lead at 4 under, making five birdies through 12 holes despite hitting only three of 10 fairways. Hur has compensated with her iron play, hitting 10 of 12 greens in regulation. A pack of three golfers trails Hur by one stroke at 3 under, including Lexi Thompson, Meena Lee and Emma Jandel. Thompson has birdied three of her first eight holes, including the par-5 third hole.

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