Thompson on the verge of first LPGA title


PRATTVILLE, Alabama – Teenager Lexi Thompson shot a 5-under 67 in the Navistar LPGA Classic on Saturday and will begin the final round with a five-stroke lead.

The 16-year-old Thompson is at 15-under 201 at the Robert Trent Jones Trail’s Capitol Hill complex. South Korea’s Meena Lee is second, and Tiffany Joh, Karen Stupples and Becky Morgan are tied for third at 8-under 208.

Thompson had four consecutive birdies on Nos. 6-9 and recorded six overall. She bogeyed the par-4 18th.

Thompson was a 14-year-old amateur when she was tied for the 2009 Navistar LPGA lead after two rounds before finishing 27th. She tied for 16th last year.

Joh made the biggest move with a 65 in the third round. She birdied her final two holes.