Thompson, Lee share Wegmans lead

Lexi Thompson and Meena Lee both carded rounds of 66 and share the lead in the opening round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship in Pittsford, New York.

Thompson, 19, is in search of her second major of the year and started well with three birdies over the first five holes and only dropped shots on the on 15th and 16th set before ending her round with a birdie on the but 18th to end her day on a high.

“Overall it was just a really solid round,” Thompson told SkySports News.

“I mean I started off with birdieing two and three, so that got me a little confidence early in the round, and I just tried to keep that going, pretty much keep that steady pace going.”

As for the blemishes on her card, the American admitted her putting wasn’t as good as it should have been.

“Well, you know, I hit good shots off the tee into the green. It’s just I three-putted both of them. I just didn’t have good speed on the two putts and didn’t make the come-backers.

“It happens – It’s golf. You’re going to hit bad shots and miss putts, so I just tried not to let it get to me and just tried to birdie one of the last two and unfortunately it was the harder one of the holes (18), so I was pretty happy about that.”

South Korea’s Lee also enjoyed eight birdies, blotting her copybook only with bogeys on five and 13.

American Brittany Lincicome, Canadian Jennifer Kirby, Colombia’s Lisa McCloskey were a shot back in a tie for third, with China’s Shanshan Feng and American Cristie Kerr one further adrift after 68s.

Scotland’s Catriona Matthew and Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist were among a cluster of players three shots off the lead after 69s.

World number one Stacey Lewis of the United States and England’s Laura Davies were among those on one under, tied for 29th.