Lexi Thompson motors to first-round lead in Indianapolis

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By: ReutersComposed by Reuters |
Posted:September 8, 2017 11:30 am


Lexi Thompson, Sandra Gal, Kris Tamulis, Brickyard Crossing Lexi Thompson utilised only 26 putts and hit just about every fairway but just one and 16 of 18 greens in regulation. (Resource: File)

Lexi Thompson is off to a rapid start at the inaugural Indy Females in Tech Championship at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Study course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 22-calendar year-aged Thompson birdied 11 holes and experienced two bogeys on Thursday though racing to the top of the leaderboard with a 9-less than 63. A single shot at the rear of Thompson are Sandra Gal of Germany and Kris Tamulis at the Pete Dye-made program situated inside the popular 2.5-mile racing oval.

Two photographs out of the guide are Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand and Lydia Ko of New Zealand. Thompson was sharp. She utilised only 26 putts and hit just about every fairway but just one and 16 of 18 greens in regulation. The 63 was her 2nd-greatest spherical of the calendar year, slipping short of a 61 she posted at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Basic.

“It was just general a quite good spherical,” Thompson said. “It was quite the early early morning, so it was a little bit cold on the selection and struggled a little bit on the selection, but I just hit a couple of fantastic motorists at the finish and I just fully commited to just one point going into the spherical and I believe which is what built my day a great deal a lot easier on me.

“I just caught to my regime and fully commited to my golfing photographs. That spherical definitely gave me the self-assurance that I can make those people birdies if I just let it go and fire at pins and just dedicate to my photographs and never question it.”

Tamulis and Gal experienced bogey-free of charge rounds. Final 7 days, the 36-calendar year-aged Tamulis posted her greatest end of the period with a tie for 15th at the Cambia Portland Basic.

“I putted fantastic and been hitting it a great deal far better, which thank goodness simply because I have been genuinely hitting it all in excess of the park,” Tamulis said. “So I did not always believe that I was going to shoot 8 less than.”

Gal birdied four of the first five holes and three of the past four. The 32-calendar year-aged has only four top-20 finishes this calendar year. “I struck it rather very well out there and then I built a couple of fantastic putts,” Gal said.

“I’ve been emotion like my game’s been rather fantastic the past few months, but I just haven’t been scoring, so all the things just came together.” Jutanugarn and Ko also performed bogey free of charge. Ko’s 65 is her cheapest opening-spherical score of the calendar year.

“Obviously with our past big up coming 7 days, you want to go in with fantastic momentum and fantastic results where it presents you self-assurance,” Ko said.

“All I can do is just test my greatest to have a great deal of entertaining.” Amy Olson is three strokes at the rear of Thompson at 66 together with Candie Kung of Taiwan and Nanna Koertz Madsen of Denmark.

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