Thompson leads Navistar after career-low 63
PRATTVILLE, Ala. – Lexi Thompson became the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour last year when she won the Navistar LPGA Classic as a 16-year-old.
Fifteen-year-old Lydia Ko since has broken that record, but Thompson added to her record-breaking accomplishments on Thursday, shooting a career-best 9-under 63 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Capitol Hill complex.
"It feels really good getting a first round of 63 under my belt, but you just have to take it one shot at a time," Thompson said. "I hope to play like I did for the next three rounds."
The 63 also ties an event record set by Mika Miyazato and Lindsey Wright in 2010.
Thompson, who made nine birdies and missed just one green in regulation, holds a two-shot lead over Lizette Salas and Hee Young Park.
Stacy Lewis, Karen Stupples, Amanda Blumenherst, Wendy Ward and Mi Hyang Lee are three shots back. Yani Tseng, Thompson's playing competitor, shot 71.
Thompson has turned her game around during the past two weeks after missing three straight cuts. She closed with 67-66 to finish T-14 at the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va., two weeks ago. She then went 5 under in her final 12 holes to finish T-17 at the Ricoh Women's British Open.