Lexi Thompson shoots 65 to lead Kingsmill Championship


Lydia Ko responded to the heat on her world No.1 ranking by unfurling a near-flawless opening round at the LPGA Tour event in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Thompson, who came under scrutiny from the golfing world following the penalty she received at the ANA Inspiration, fired a six-under round of 65 to take a one-shot lead in just her second start since the controversy at the year's first major. A run of pars followed before she added three further birdies on the back nine, on both of the par-fives and the par-four fourth.

The skydive marked the first parachute jump by Thompson, who landed on the first tee of the pro-am ahead of Thursday's start to the tournament at Kingsmill Resort's River Course in Williamsburg, Va.

Defending champion: Ariya Jutanugarn. Her first championship of 2017 would be welcomed, certainly, but it wouldn't erase the memory of Wednesday's tandem jump with a Navy SEAL.

In what's dubbed Lexi's Legacy Challenge, continuing through November 11, Thompson will wear a commemorative SEAL Legacy Foundation Pin during competition. I was struggling with my yardages a little bit.

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Yin carded a 5-under, 66, which included six birdies and a bogey on the par 4 No. 8.

After the jump, her first time skydiving, Thompson joked that she "won't be so nervous on the first tee anymore". "This week I need to work on creating enough birdie chances by hitting a lot of greens and the key would be to hit good approaches". It was a sense of freedom that words can't even describe.

"It's always good to get off to that kind of start and get comfortable", Piller said. Cristie Kerr, who won in Hawaii for her 19th career victory, is a three-time victor of the event.

A bogey at the sixth hole spoiled a round which featured five birdies. "If you get above the hole you got to be really careful".

"I have been working on a lot of different aspects this year and my game feels good", Aditi told TOI on the eve of the $1.3m event.