LPGA Tour

CME Group Tour Championship

November 15-18

Tiburón Golf Club, Naples, Florida

$2,500,000

November 15-18

Tiburón Golf Club, Naples, Florida

$2,500,000

Round 2

Lexi Thompson surges to top of the leaderboard

November 16, 2018

Lexi Thompson fired a bogey-free five-under par 67 on Friday to grab a three-shot lead midway through the LPGA Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.

Thompson, without a victory in 2018, capped her round with three straight birdies at Tiburon Golf Club to pull away from overnight leader Amy Olson and fellow American Brittany Lincicome.

Her 36-hole score of 12-under par 132 tied the tournament record set by Lydia Ko in 2016 and matched by Park Sung-hyun in 2017.

Thompson is the only player without a bogey through 36 holes and is on the way to expunging the memory of a missed two-footer that cost her victory here last year.

A victory would extend her streak to six consecutive LPGA seasons with at least one win.

"I gave myself the birdie opportunities I wanted," said Thompson, who missed just one fairway and found all 18 greens in regulation. "Wish I would've made a few more, but definitely not complaining with the five-under round and the finish I had."

Lincicome was atop the leaderboard until a double-bogey at the par-four 15th followed by back-to-back bogeys at the last two holes.

That included a three-putt from four feet at the 18th that gave her a one-under 71 for an eight-under total of 135.

"One little brain fart of hitting it too hard, and then my putting speed was just horrendous coming in," said Lincicome, who had five birdies in her first 14 holes before her round got away from her.

"I four-putted 15, was above the hole and just hit it way too hard then I did it again on the par-5 (17th). I was doing so great all day, and then all of a sudden it was just like small explosions in my putting stroke."

Olson followed up her first-round 63 with a 72 also shares second after a level-par 72 that included two birdies and two bogeys.

It was a further stroke back to Marina Alex and Nelly Korda, who both shot 67 for 136.

World number one and defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn opened her round with three straight bogeys but rebounded to post a one-under 71 that left her nine off the lead in a tie for 20th.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Lexi Thompson
-12
65
67
132
T2
Brittany Lincicome
-9
64
71
135
T2
Amy Olson
-9
63
72
135
T3
Nelly Korda
-8
69
67
136
T4
Marina Alex
-8
69
67
136
T6
Charley Hull
-7
69
68
137
T6
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
-7
67
70
137
T6
Carlota Ciganda
-7
66
71
137
T9
Megan Khang
-6
71
67
138
T9
Jessica Korda
-6
69
69
138
T9
So Yeon Ryu
-6
69
69
138
12
Cristie Kerr
-5
69
70
139
T13
Gaby Lopez
-4
71
69
140
T13
Mi Hyang Lee
-4
70
70
140
T13
Lizette Salas
-4
69
71
140
T13
Lydia Ko
-4
69
71
140
T13
Ashleigh Buhai
-4
69
71
140
T13
Yu Liu
-4
68
72
140
T13
Nasa Hataoka
-4
64
76
140
T20
Azahara Munoz
-3
72
69
141
T20
Anna Nordqvist
-3
70
71
141
T20
Ariya Jutanugarn
-3
70
71
141
T20
Danielle Kang
-3
69
72
141
T20
Sei Young Kim
-3
69
72
141
T25
Brooke M. Henderson
-2
73
69
142
T25
Wei-Ling Hsu
-2
72
70
142
T25
Austin Ernst
-2
70
72
142
T25
Katherine Kirk
-2
70
72
142
T29
Pornanong Phatlum
-1
73
70
143
T29
Moriya Jutanugarn
-1
72
71
143
T29
Tiffany Joh
-1
71
72
143
T29
Georgia Hall
-1
71
72
143
T29
Caroline Masson
-1
71
72
143
T29
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-1
70
73
143
T29
Chella Choi
-1
69
74
143
T29
Hee Young Park
-1
69
74
143
T37
Hannah Green
E
73
71
144
T37
Sakura Yokomine
E
72
72
144
T37
Jane Park
E
72
72
144
T37
Sung Hyun Park
E
71
73
144
T37
Jeong Eun Lee
E
71
73
144
T37
Jaye Marie Green
E
69
75
144
T43
Mo Martin
1
74
71
145
T43
Peiyun Chien
1
73
72
145
T43
Ally McDonald
1
73
72
145
T43
Aditi Ashok
1
72
73
145
T43
Jenny Shin
1
72
73
145
T43
Mariajo Uribe
1
71
74
145
T43
Emma Talley
1
70
75
145
T43
Minjee Lee
1
70
75
145
T51
Brittany Altomare
2
73
73
146
T51
Thidapa Suwannapura
2
73
73
146
T51
Mirim Lee
2
72
74
146
T51
In Gee Chun
2
72
74
146
T51
Su Oh
2
71
75
146
T51
Haeji Kang
2
70
76
146
T51
Dani Holmqvist
2
70
76
146
T51
Lindy Duncan
2
67
79
146
T59
Ayako Uehara
3
74
73
147
T59
Maria Torres
3
73
74
147
T59
Angel Yin
3
71
76
147
T62
Celine Boutier
4
74
74
148
T62
Wichanee Meechai
4
74
74
148
T62
Annie Park
4
74
74
148
T62
Eun-Hee Ji
4
71
77
148
T62
Bronte Law
4
69
79
148
T67
Jin Young Ko
6
78
72
150
T67
Sarah Jane Smith
6
70
80
150
T69
Jacqui Concolino
7
76
75
151
T69
Mariah Stackhouse
7
76
75
151
T69
Ryann O'Toole
7
72
79
151
72
Pernilla Lindberg
8
75
77
152
Pos.
Player
To Par
R2
Total
1
Lexi Thompson
-12
67
132
T2
Brittany Lincicome
-9
71
135
T2
Amy Olson
-9
72
135
T3
Nelly Korda
-8
67
136
T4
Marina Alex
-8
67
136
T6
Charley Hull
-7
68
137
T6
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
-7
70
137
T6
Carlota Ciganda
-7
71
137
T9
Megan Khang
-6
67
138
T9
Jessica Korda
-6
69
138
T9
So Yeon Ryu
-6
69
138
12
Cristie Kerr
-5
70
139
T13
Gaby Lopez
-4
69
140
T13
Mi Hyang Lee
-4
70
140
T13
Lizette Salas
-4
71
140
T13
Lydia Ko
-4
71
140
T13
Ashleigh Buhai
-4
71
140
T13
Yu Liu
-4
72
140
T13
Nasa Hataoka
-4
76
140
T20
Azahara Munoz
-3
69
141
T20
Anna Nordqvist
-3
71
141
T20
Ariya Jutanugarn
-3
71
141
T20
Danielle Kang
-3
72
141
T20
Sei Young Kim
-3
72
141
T25
Brooke M. Henderson
-2
69
142
T25
Wei-Ling Hsu
-2
70
142
T25
Austin Ernst
-2
72
142
T25
Katherine Kirk
-2
72
142
T29
Pornanong Phatlum
-1
70
143
T29
Moriya Jutanugarn
-1
71
143
T29
Tiffany Joh
-1
72
143
T29
Georgia Hall
-1
72
143
T29
Caroline Masson
-1
72
143
T29
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-1
73
143
T29
Chella Choi
-1
74
143
T29
Hee Young Park
-1
74
143
T37
Hannah Green
E
71
144
T37
Sakura Yokomine
E
72
144
T37
Jane Park
E
72
144
T37
Sung Hyun Park
E
73
144
T37
Jeong Eun Lee
E
73
144
T37
Jaye Marie Green
E
75
144
T43
Mo Martin
1
71
145
T43
Peiyun Chien
1
72
145
T43
Ally McDonald
1
72
145
T43
Aditi Ashok
1
73
145
T43
Jenny Shin
1
73
145
T43
Mariajo Uribe
1
74
145
T43
Emma Talley
1
75
145
T43
Minjee Lee
1
75
145
T51
Brittany Altomare
2
73
146
T51
Thidapa Suwannapura
2
73
146
T51
Mirim Lee
2
74
146
T51
In Gee Chun
2
74
146
T51
Su Oh
2
75
146
T51
Haeji Kang
2
76
146
T51
Dani Holmqvist
2
76
146
T51
Lindy Duncan
2
79
146
T59
Ayako Uehara
3
73
147
T59
Maria Torres
3
74
147
T59
Angel Yin
3
76
147
T62
Celine Boutier
4
74
148
T62
Wichanee Meechai
4
74
148
T62
Annie Park
4
74
148
T62
Eun-Hee Ji
4
77
148
T62
Bronte Law
4
79
148
T67
Jin Young Ko
6
72
150
T67
Sarah Jane Smith
6
80
150
T69
Jacqui Concolino
7
75
151
T69
Mariah Stackhouse
7
75
151
T69
Ryann O'Toole
7
79
151
72
Pernilla Lindberg
8
77
152