Lexi Thompson got out early and posted a -7 under par 65 to grab the early lead at The Mobile Bay LPGA Classic on Thursday morning. Starting on the back nine in calm conditions, she got off to a slow start, but went on a birdie run starting at the 16th hole that had her making the turn in 32 at the Robert Trent Course just outside of Mobile.
The teenager from Coral Springs made he only bogey at the par three-second hole and got on another birdie run before she finished. She picked up another three in a row starting at the fifth hole, and ended her round with a one at nine.
Lexi hit 12 of 14 fairways on her trip around The Crosings Course at Magnolia Grove, but she was able to get the ball on 17 of 18 greens in regulation, and needed only 29 putts to get in the clubhouse. She was 1/1 out of the bunker, and was hitting it at a 295 clip. That will usually get it done on the LPGA Tour.
Jessica Korda is also in the clubhouse at -6 under par, and only one stroke back. The log jam is at -4 under par with almost half the field still on the course. The Americans are making a statement, as Amelia Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Dori Carter, and Nicole Jeray all have a piece of third place. South Korean, Hee Kyung Seo completes the group.
With a host of the top players taking some time off this week, this is a great time for some of the younger players to make a name for themselves. Rolex ranked number two, Stacy Lewis is the defending champion, and is in the clubhouse at -2 under par, five strokes back.
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