Lexi Thompson hit 65 in the first round on December 17, thereby taking the top of the table at -7 at the LPGA Tour 2020 season closing event.
Thompson scored eight birdies and one bogey. All round, she averaged 250 yards, hitting 13 of the 14 fairways with 26 shots after going on the standard green in 15 of 18 holes. As a result, the American golfer born in 1995 has a one-stroke advantage over Nanna Koerstz Madsen from Denmark. First leg of the tournament, Madsen scored six birdies and no bogey.
Defending champions Kim Sei Young, Megan Khang and Caroline Masson are in group T3 at -5. World number one Ko Jin Young stood T6 (score -4) with five other players, including Cristie Kerr – who still had three ribs in a tram accident two weeks ago.
The CME Group Tour Championship took place on the par72 course of the Tiburon Golf Club, in Naples, Florida, and was not eliminated. Due to the epidemic diminishing financial power, this year’s event champion will receive $ 1.1 million in a $ 3.5 million bonus. Last year, Kim scored a birdie 7.6 meters from the hole to hold the championship and 1.5 million dollars.
Thompson won the Tour Championship 2018. At that time, Curtis – her brother was a caddy. This time, Curtis also fought with his sister. “It’s great to be supported by Curtis. Whether I hit well or badly, he always makes me smile,” Thompson commented of his brother.
Sang major US Women’s Open last week, Thompson hired Tim Tucker trusted caddy of Bryson DeChambeau – the new US Open champion and is currently the boss of long-range batting at the PGA Tour. But Thompson was cut out.
Leaving the break, Thompson went home to Florida and went into training so much that his hand was blistering and even bleeding. “I practiced so much that my hands were swollen. They broke and started to bleed. At that time I stopped. Last time, I practiced hard to improve my expertise. Last week, it was unfortunate to have to leave major soon. But after that, I jumped into a rigorous training program to prepare for the end of the season event. And the first step made me happy, “said Thompson.
Thompson is looking for a full-time caddy, as former assistant Benji Thompson joined Kevin Chappell on the PGA Tour more than three months ago. During a lack of support staff, Curtis took over the role, with the last time at the Pelican Women’s Championship in November. At that time, Thompson finished T27. Curtis is currently a member of the Second Class Korn Ferry Tour.
Thompson owns major ANA Inspiration 2014 of 11 trophies at the LPGA Tour. She has been crowned at least once a year, since 2013. However, this year, Thompson has no title and 65 LPGA Tour grand final opening strokes are the best 18 hole record this season.
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