Thompson tears ahead at Kingsmill

Lexi Thompson topped up her birdie tally to 13 for the week on Friday as she carded a six-under-par-65 to grab a three-shot lead at the Kingsmill Championship.

After a bogey-free round on Friday in which she hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation, Thompson sits atop a packed leaderboard at 12-under-par.

Despite some close calls, Thompson is yet to win in 2017.

However, on a track like the River Course that requires driver, Thompson’s favourite club, off most holes, the 22-year-old seems destined to break that duck this week.

Speaking after round two, she admitted that the course suits her eye and her playing style.

“Yeah, I feel great with where my game is at,” Thompson said.

“I am just trying to keep my thoughts very simple, focus on doing my routine and picking small targets out and committing to my shots.

“If I do that, my game is in a good spot.

“You know, it’s just a good golf course for me.

“I get to hit a lot of drivers, actually, a lot of 3-woods out here as well.

“I just love the shape of the golf course. It’s in perfect shape for us once again this year. Probably best I’ve seen it.”

Fellow American Gerina Piller is three shots off the pace while troubled world number one, Lydia Ko, and Candie Kung are both four shots back.