Updated: Friday, 15 August 2014 09:51 | By Agence France-Presse

Duo share LPGA Championship first-round lead

Lexi Thompson, gunning for her second major title of the year, shared the first-round lead Thursday with Meena Lee on six-under 66 in the LPGA Championship.


Duo share LPGA Championship first-round lead

Lexi Thompson lines up a shot with her caddie Benji Thompson on the 18th hole during the first round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship, at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, New York, on August 14, 2014 - by Scott Halleran

Thompson, 19, won the Kraft Nabisco Championship earlier this year for her first major championship title.

South Korea's Lee is a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, but is seeking her first major.

The duo on Thursday were one stroke in front of American Brittany Lincicome, the 2009 Kraft Nabisco winner, who was joined in third place on 67 by Canadian Jennifer Kirby and Colombian Lisa McCloskey.

American Cristie Kerr and China's Feng Shanshan, both former winners of this event, shared sixth on 68.

Thompson charged into contention with three birdies in her first five holes.

She had seven birdies through 15 holes before she was slowed by back-to-back bogeys at 15 and 16, but capped her round with a birdie at 18.

"Overall it was just a really solid round," Thompson said. "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."

She was philosophical about three-putt bogeys at 15 and 16.

"I just didn't have good speed on the two putts and didn't make the come-backers," she said. "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.

"It was the harder one of the holes, so I was pretty happy about that."

South Korea's Lee also nabbed eight birdies with two bogeys. Her first bogey, at the 13th, was followed by three straight birdies.

South Korea's Ji Eun-Hee and Lee Mi-Rim -- winner on Sunday in Michigan -- were among a group of eight players three shots off the pace on 69.

New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko, who could seize the world number one ranking with her first major title this week, headlined a group of 13 players on 70.

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