Birdie binge puts Thompson on top at Kingsmill

Birdie binge puts Thompson on top at Kingsmill

Thompson shot a high-flying round of 6-under-par 65 to seize a one-shot lead at the conclusion of Thursday's first round of the $1.3 million Kingsmill Championship.

Thompson, who started on the back nine, birdied the par-4 11th and made her lone bogey of the round at the par-3 17th.

The former Kraft Nabisco Championship victor and 2017 runner-up hopped out of a plane for the first time to skydive into Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., as part of revealing a charitable partnership with the SEAL Legacy Foundation.

South Korean-born New Zealander Lydia Ko, trying to hang onto the world number one ranking, shared fifth on 67 with Australia s Sarah Jane Smith and Italy s Giulia Molinaro.

The list of competitors includes 20 of the top 25 players in the Rolex Rankings, 87 of the top 100 players on the 2017 LPGA Tour money list and six past Kingsmill champions.

Ironically, in the 2017 LPGA player guide, they list Thompson's top three things on her bucket list: Skydiving, playing a round at Pebble Beach, and flying an F/A 18 fighter jet.

Lexi Thompson sky dives into her pro-am tee time. She finished tied for 17th at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout in April and claimed second place at March's ANA Inspiration. She said she hit some fairways, some greens, and made some longer putts.

"I feel good about my game and I am looking forward to the week", said the soft-spoken youngster, who also played the Olympics a year ago.

"It's always good to get off to that kind of start and get comfortable", Piller said.

"I don't think I was hitting the ball fantastic, so there is a little bit of improvement to do there", Ko said.

Piller said the greens are "phenomenal".

Piller had six birdies and a bogey. I love the course.

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. "If you get above the hole you got to be really careful".

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