PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Defending champion Lexi Thompson shot a 3-under 69 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead into weekend play in the Navistar LPGA Classic.
The 17-year-old Thompson had a 12-under 132 total on the links-style Senator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Capitol Hill complex. She matched the tournament record Thursday with a career-best 63.
"I played pretty consistent today," Thompson said. "I hit a few squirrely iron shots that I wasn't happy with, but overall I played consistent. My putting has gotten a lot better.
"It's all about confidence really and just getting up to it and saying to yourself, you're going to make the putt. That's all I'm doing really, just getting a line and commit to it."
Last year, Thompson became the youngest champion in LPGA Tour history at age 16, winning by five strokes. Fifteen-year-old amateur Lydia Ko broke the record last month in the Canadian Women's Open.
Mindy Kim and Mi Jung Hur were a stroke back. They played in the same group and each shot 65.
Kim and Hur also missed late chances to tie Thompson. Hur missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the par-5 eighth, their 17th hole of the day, and Kim missed a 6-footer on the par-4 ninth.
Kim started the day with five straight birdies and had eight overall, along with a bogey.