Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lexi Thompson Shoots 63 to Take LPGA Tour Lead in Indy

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lexi Thompson Shoots 63 to Take LPGA Tour Lead in Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS * Lexi Thompson shot a 9-under 63 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead over Sandra Gal and Kris Tamulis in the LPGA Tour's inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship.

Thompson had 11 birdies and two bogeys to fall a stroke short of the Brickyard Crossing record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions' 1999 Comfort Classic.

"It was quite the early morning, so it was a bit cold on the range and I struggled a bit , but I just hit a few good drivers at the end," Thompson said. "I just committed to one thing going into the round, and I think that's what made my day a lot easier on me. I just stuck to my routine and committed to my golf shots."

Gal, like Thompson, started her morning round on the back nine that features four holes inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Gal hit 12 of 14 fairways in regulation in her bogey-free round.

"It's cool, it's funky. I really do like the course," Gal said. "I think it has really good challenges off the tee and the greens, and it's cool being inside the track. It gets a little bit windy in there actually. It's just so big, it's unbelievable to be in there."

Tamulis had the best afternoon score with four birdies on each side.

"I think actually just worrying about the hurricane makes me feel like golf's not a big deal, so I just hit it where I was looking, made some putts," said Tamulis, who lives in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Thompson, the 22-year-old Florida player ranked No. 3 in the world, tied for 21st last week in Portland, Ore., in her first event since the Solheim Cup where she overcame a big deficit in her closing singles match against Anna Nordqvist to earn a half-point for the winning Americans.

"I would say that round definitely gave me the confidence that I can make those birdies if I just let it go and fire at pins and commit to my shots and don't doubt it," Thompson said.

Taking advantage of the wide fairways and forgiving greens softened by overnight rain, Thompson birdied three of the first five holes. She has seven birdies and a bogey in an eight-hole stretch from No. 17 to No. 6, and rebounded from a bogey on No. 8 with a birdie on No. 9. …

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