Lexi Thompson shoots 65 to lead Kingsmill Championship

Lexi Thompson left walks with her caddie Kevin Mc Alpine to the ninth tee during the first round of the Kingsmill Championship LPGA golf tournament in Williamsburg Va. Thursday

Lexi Thompson shoots 65 to lead Kingsmill Championship

Thompson parachuted, with a Navy SEAL at her back, from 10,000 feet onto the first tee of the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship pro-am.

Thompson made a move in the other direction on Thursday, climbing to the top of the leader board with a 6-under-par round of 65, taking a one-stroke lead over Gerina Piller, Brittany Lincicome and Angel Yin.

Thompson teed off the 10th hole and made the turn at even par before a birdie at the par-four first kick-started a stunning final nine of 30 that included five birdies in a row from the third.

LPGA TOURKINGSMILL CHAMPIONSHIPSite: Williamsburg, Va. Course: River Course at Kingsmill Resort.

The Kingsmill Championship features 20 of the top 25 players in the world ranking, including the top six - Lydia Ko, So Yeon Ryu, Ariya Jutanugarn, In Gee Chun, Shanshan Feng and Thompson.

"Lexi did incredible! She was like a seasoned pro ... cool as cucumber", Red Bull Air Force's Sean MacCormac said of her skydive.

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The dramatic entrance highlighted Thompson's new initiative, a partnership with a Navy SEAL charitable foundation called the "Lexi Legacy Challenge". "I don t think I was hitting the ball fantastic, so there is a little bit of improvement to do there". "Words can't describe the feeling".

Piller, who was in the same group with Thompson, had six birdies and a bogey. "This week I need to work on creating enough birdie chances by hitting a lot of greens and the key would be to hit good approaches". "And the more I get into tournament mode, I feel that will help me get back into a good rhythm", Aditi said.

"It was an unbelievable experience", Thompson said. "Just happy to be under par and looking forward to tomorrow".

Piller has two fourth-place finishes this year and is regarded as one of the best on the tour who hasn't won a championship in her career.

Lincicome's five-birdie, no-bogey 66 was her best round since mid-March. "If you get above the hole you got to be really careful".

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