Lexi Thompson takes 1-shot lead at Meijer LPGA Classic

Posted June 19, 2017

Lexi Thompson has continued her remarkable run of form of late by taking the 54 hole lead at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids in MI, the 22 year old's lead a narrow one, however, just one ahead of the first and second round leader Brooke Henderson, Koreans Jenny Shin and Sung Hyun Park and South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace.

Eight players were tied for the lead at one stage of the final round but Henderson broke clear with three birdies in five holes around the turn.

A three-times victor on the LPGA Tour, Henderson has recorded just one top-five finish this season.

"I played really nicely", said Pace, who has yet to finish in the top 10 this year and has only one career win on the LPGA Tour.

The Canadian 19-year-old carded 67 for a 12-under-par 130 halfway total at Blythefield Country Club. "And going into the back nine, I just wanted to give myself as many chances as I could". Ciganda, meanwhile, surged into contention with an eagle and five birdies on the same course where she lost a playoff to Kim Sei-young previous year.

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The world No.2 couldn't replicate her opening round six-under 65, which had left her two strokes off leader Brooke Henderson (Canada) in a share of eighth going into day two.

"It's great to see my name up there (on the top of the leaderboard)", said Henderson of Ottawa, Ontario. "I feel comfortable. I played here a year ago and I'm excited for the weekend".

Coming off a playoff loss to Ariya Jutanugarn last week at the Manulife Classic in Cambridge, Ont., Thompson had six birdies - four on the back nine - and a bogey to reach 15-under 196. I was hitting the ball really well and some putts were dropping, which (was) kind of a change from the past few weeks.

Lydia Ko of New Zealand hits her tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the Kingsmill Championship. Wie and Ko both shot 64 to move into contention, four shots behind Thompson.