Lexi Thompson shoots 65 to lead Kingsmill Championship

VIDEO: Thompson charges to the lead in round one of Kingsmill Championship

Lexi Thompson has bounced back from what has been a hard few weeks by taking the opening round lead at the LPGA's Kingsmill Championship in Virginia.

She was five shots adrift of the leader, Lexi Thompson, who sits on top of the leaderboard.

She leads a trio of American players at 5 under, including Gerina Piller, Brittany Lincicome and Angel Yin. Her bogey-free round today - she remedied that 1st round bogey on the par-3 17th with a 2nd round birdie - further increased her lead over the chasing pack.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko was two strokes back at 67 along with Sarah Jane Smith and Giulia Molinaro.

Thompson played alongside Piller and defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn. Sagstrom ended her 2nd round with a 68 and goes into the weekend at 4-under par. The unusual entrance into the event was certainly an attention-getter for her Lexi Legacy Challenge charity, which raises funds and awareness for families of wounded and fallen United States Navy SEALs.

"Walking to the (next) tee I said, 'Forget it, start again", Chun said.

She answered with a birdie on the first hole, her second nine of the round, then ran off her birdie binge starting at the par-5 third and ending at the par-5 seventh. "But I just love the shape of the golf course, and it's in flawless shape for us once again this year, and probably the best I've seen it".

Aditi Ashok is optimistic and looking forward to her next outing at the Kingsmill Championship on the LPGA Tour, when he tees off at the at the Kingsmill Resort. "Just excited for tomorrow". "I didn't have four consistently good rounds and could have saved a few shots and finished higher up at both ANA and Lotte", she said. Really, that's all you can do.

Thompson ranks second on tour in driving distance (276 yards) and second in greens in regulation (79.49 percent). She said it offered a fair assessment of each player's game. "The girls are playing great, so I know that I need to try and keep up, and to be in contention, I need to make a lot of birdies out there".

One bogey, on the sixth hole, spoiled a round which featured five birdies.

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