CME Group Tour Championship R1

Lexi Thompson takes lead in Florida

December 17-20
Tiburón Golf Club, Naples, Florida
$3,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4




Lexi Thompson took a 1-shot lead at Tiburón Golf Club on Thursday. She started her round with five birdies on the first seven holes and made three more on the back nine. Her round was marred by a single bogey at the ninth for a 7-under 65, her lowest score of the year.


”I was just overall very happy with how I committed to my shots. ‘That’s what I’ve really been working on. I’ve been working so hard on my game in general trying to improve on it, and it’s been kind of an up and down roller coaster with an unfortunate week last week,” said Thompson referring to her missed cut at the U.S. Women’s Open in Houston.



Her confidence was boosted by having brother Curtis, a Korn Ferry Tour player, on her bag this week.

“It’s great. I love hanging out with my brother. We hang out basically every weekend. If we are both at home, we are always playing golf together and joking around. It’s great to have him out here. I really appreciate him helping me out and keeping me loose out there. Whether I play good or bad, he always keeps a smile on my face.


“He basically reads every putt with me. Besides like the short ones. I’ll just say — from like three to five feet I’ll just be like, ‘not much in it, left center,’ and he’ll just agree with me. But, yeah, he’ll get in there and read every putt with me. It’s nice to get reassurance and extra confidence.”

Nanna Koerstz Madsen lies a stroke back after a bogey-free 66.

”I was a little shaky on my driver going into the event, and putting as well actually. So now it is always nice to start off with a good round,” said Koerstz Madsen. ”I don’t have any expectations. I just want to go out and play and see if I can do good mentally.”



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World number 2 and defending champion Sei Young Kim is tied in third place alongside Caroline Masson and Megan Kang at 67.

Masson made eagle at the par-4 13th with a 9-iron approach shot.

”I had a pretty good number for a 9-iron, a little downwind, and kind of hit the shot I wanted,” said Masson. ”It pitched on top and just released a little bit. I kind of wasn’t really looking anymore because I thought it was good, but I didn’t realize it would go in.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Lexi Thompson
-7
65
2
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-6
66
T3
Megan Khang
-5
67
T3
Sei Young Kim
-5
67
T3
Caroline Masson
-5
67
T6
Carlota Ciganda
-4
68
T6
Maria Fassi
-4
68
T6
Cristie Kerr
-4
68
T6
Jin Young Ko
-4
68
T6
Minjee Lee
-4
68
T6
Anna Nordqvist
-4
68
T12
Ashleigh Buhai
-3
69
T12
Austin Ernst
-3
69
T12
Hannah Green
-3
69
T12
Georgia Hall
-3
69
T16
Cydney Clanton
-2
70
T16
Perrine Delacour
-2
70
T16
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-2
70
T16
Mina Harigae
-2
70
T16
Moriya Jutanugarn
-2
70
T16
Jennifer Kupcho
-2
70
T16
Stephanie Meadow
-2
70
T16
Jasmine Suwannapura
-2
70
T24
Celine Boutier
-1
71
T24
Danielle Kang
-1
71
T24
Cheyenne Knight
-1
71
T24
Andrea Lee
-1
71
T24
Stacy Lewis
-1
71
T24
Xiyu Lin
-1
71
T24
Gaby Lopez
-1
71
T24
Inbee Park
-1
71
T24
So Yeon Ryu
-1
71
T24
Lizette Salas
-1
71
T24
Sarah Schmelzel
-1
71
T24
Anne van Dam
-1
71
T36
Charley Hull
E
72
T36
Ariya Jutanugarn
E
72
T36
Sarah Kemp
E
72
T36
Katherine Kirk
E
72
T36
Nelly Korda
E
72
T36
Brittany Lincicome
E
72
T36
Madelene Sagstrom
E
72
T36
Emma Talley
E
72
T36
Kelly Tan
E
72
T45
Brittany Altomare
1
73
T45
In Gee Chun
1
73
T45
Nasa Hataoka
1
73
T45
Brooke M. Henderson
1
73
T45
Christina Kim
1
73
T45
Mirim Lee
1
73
T45
Leona Maguire
1
73
T45
Azahara Munoz
1
73
T45
Yealimi Noh
1
73
T45
Bianca Pagdanganan
1
73
T45
Hee Young Park
1
73
T45
Alena Sharp
1
73
T45
Jenny Shin
1
73
T45
Amy Yang
1
73
T59
Lydia Ko
2
74
T59
Yu Liu
2
74
T59
Robynn Ree
2
74
T59
Mel Reid
2
74
T59
Jennifer Song
2
74
T59
Linnea Strom
2
74
T59
Lindsey Weaver
2
74
T66
Kristen Gillman
3
75
T66
Jessica Korda
3
75
T66
Angela Stanford
3
75
T69
Brittany Lang
4
76
T69
Pernilla Lindberg
4
76
T69
Maria Torres
4
76
72
Natalie Gulbis
5
77
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