Published: Sun, May 21, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Lexi Thompson opens 3-stroke lead at Kingsmill

Lexi Thompson opens 3-stroke lead at Kingsmill

Thompson manufactured another sterling round - a second consecutive 6-under-65 - to build a three-shot advantage heading into today's third round of the $1.3 million Kingsmill Championship.

Four Americans now top the Kingsmill leaderboard - Gerina Piller, Brittany Lincicome, and rookie Angel Yin are all in hot pursuit of Thompson's 1-shot lead. But the only way I would jump out of a perfectly good plane is with a SEAL on my back. She waited out a rain delay in the middle of the round.

"When you're hitting more greens", Ko said, "(it) automatically gives you more birdie opportunities". "Wasn't too loose on the first iron shot that I hit, but, it was a lovely day out".

"Playing well. Was good to get confidence going into the weekend", Ko said.

The same couldn't be said of Gerina Piller.

On Friday, she hit 17 greens in regulation and let her constantly evolving putting stroke finish the work. "Just happy to be under par and looking forward to tomorrow". She hit 13 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens. "Just keep it as simple as possible".

Thompson's 2015 Solheim Cup teammate and playing partner Cristie Kerr didn't fare quite so well.

"She's a great ball-striker and hits it far", Piller said. "To have a shorter iron in is definitely an advantage".

Defending champion Bernhard Langer was five shots back after his second straight 69. "There's a lot of golf to be played, but all I've got to do is focus on my game and be excited for the weekend". "I'm just trying to focus on my game and get it more consistent...."

Ryu, the ANA victor, was 5 under after a 67.

Piller, a 32-year-old LPGA veteran from New Mexico, is chasing her first LPGA victory.

Kung's day was highlighted by an eagle on the par-4 sixth hole.

On the back nine, Aditi had two more bogeys for a total score of five-over 147, after her one-under 70 in the first round.

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

Kokrak, the 128th-ranked player in the world, matched the Nelson's 36-hole record at 12 under after his career-best scoring round, and no one has ever had a bigger lead there after two rounds.

Brittany Lincicome points to the direction of her tee shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Kingsmill Championship LPGA golf tournament in Williamsburg, Va., Friday, May 19, 2017.

2015 champion, Minjee Lee from Perth, has also made a good start with a round of 68 to be tied for eighth alongside Victorian Su Oh, who finished runner-up in this event previous year. Her 8-under 134 is her best two-day score of the year.

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