Thursday, February 25, 2016

Lexi Thompson leads with eight-under 64 in 

LPGA Thailand

HONBURI, Thailand -- Lexi Thompson, pictured, had two eagles in an 8-under 64 round today to take a one-stroke lead over Q Baek at the LPGA Tour's Thailand tournament.
Amy Yang, the defending champion, shot 66 and was two strokes behind after the first round. Two golfers were tied for fourth after opening 68s: Azahara Munoz and Jenny Shin.
"Two eagles definitely helps out the scorecard," Thompson said. "We couldn't have asked for better conditions, weather-wise and golf course, so just happy to be out here."
The 20-year-old Baek won her first and only LPGA title on home soil in South Korea in 2014. She had an eagle and five birdies in her round of 65.
Currently ranked No. 4, Thompson could overtake No. 3 Stacy Lewis as the top-ranked American with a win this week. Thompson would be the first American to win the event in its 10-year history.
"I think I was just very confident out there," Thompson said. "I committed to all my shots, just aiming at pins and focused on doing my routine, staying relaxed, and I think that's what helped me out the most."
She got off to a quick start with an eagle at the par-5 first hole, followed by two birdies and another eagle on the par-5 seventh to make the turn in 30.
Thompson bettered her low round at Siam Country Club's Old Course by two strokes and finished one stroke away from matching the course record of 63 after missing a birdie putt at the last.
She is playing with a new driver this week and said she used it on almost every hole, hitting 11 of 14 fairways.
"I've been trying to work into it for probably the last few months and just trying to find a shaft that works for me and finally found something I'm very comfortable with," Thompson said.

 Par 72
1 Lexi Thompson 64 .

2 Q Baek 65

3 Amy Yang 66

T4 Jenny Shin 68

T4 Azahara Munoz 68

T6 Brittany Lang 69

T6 In Gee Chun 69

T6 Sei-Young Kim 69

T6 Paula Creamer 69

T6 Ha Na Jang 69

T6 Minjee Lee 69

T6 Pernilla Lindberg 69

T6 Anna Nordqvist 69

T14   Carlota Ciganda 70

T14 Cristie Kerr 70

T14 Chella Choi 70

T14 Jessica Korda 70

T14 Eun-Hee Ji 70

T19 Austin Ernst 71

T19 Ilhee Lee 71

T19 Xiyu Lin 71

T19 Mariajo Uribe 71

T19 Sakura Yokomine 71

T19 Wei-Ling Hsu 71

T19 Ariya Jutanugarn 71

T19 Suzann Pettersen 71

T27 Paphangkorn Tavatanakit 72

T27 Candie Kung 72

T27 Karine Icher 72

T27 Gerina Piller 72

T27 Morgan Pressel 72

T27 Beatriz Recari 72

T27 Budsabakorn Sukapan 72

T27 Haru Nomura 72

T27 Hee Young Park 72

T27 Pornanong Phatlum 72

T27 Kim Kaufman 72

T27 Inbee Park 72

T39 Moriya Jutanugarn 73

T39 Hyo-Joo Kim 73

T39 Caroline Masson 73

T39 Angela Stanford 73

T39 I.K. Kim 73

T39 Mo Martin 73

T39 Na Yeon Choi 73

T39 Mirim Lee 73

T39 Thidapa Suwannapura 73

T39 Shanshan Feng 73

T39 Sydnee Michaels 73

T39 Shiho Oyama 73

T39 Lizette Salas 73

T39 Bo-Mee Lee 73

T39 Ai Miyazato 73

T54 Mi Hyang Lee 74

T54 Sandra Gal 74

T54 Mika Miyazato 74

T54 So Yeon Ryu 74

T54 Lee-Anne Pace 74

T54 Michelle Wie 74

T60 Pannarat Thanapolboonyar  75

T60 Brittany Lincicome 75

T60 Charley Hull 75

T60 Stacy Lewis 75

T60 Kris Tamulis 75

T60 Yani Tseng 75

T66 Karrie Webb 76

T66 Julieta Granada 76

T66 Jaye Marie Green 76

69 Sun Young Yoo 77

70 Jane Park 80