Thompson, Lee lead by one at LPGA Championship


After 18 holes, Lexi Thompson and Meena Lee are tied for the lead in the Wegmans LPGA Championship, the fourth of the LPGA's five majors. Here’s how things stand at the halfway point at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, N.Y.:

Leaderboard: Lexi Thompson (-6), Meena Lee (-6), Brittany Lincicome (-5), Lisa McCloskey (-5),  Jennifer Kirby (-5), Shanshan Feng (-4), Cristie Kerr (-4)

What it means: Thompson, who broke through for her first major victory in this year's Kraft Nabisco Championship, is bidding for a second major title.

Rounds of the day: Thompson hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation in her eight-birdie, two-bogey 66. Lee hit only 13 greens, but compiled the same birdies-to-bogeys ratio.

Biggest disappointment: On a day when about half the field shot par or better, Paula Creamer could manage only a 1-over 73. Despite missing only one fairway, Creamer hit only 11 greens in regulation and took 30 putts.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Thompson, the LPGA's longest hitter, said the course sets up perfectly for her, allowing her to make liberal use of her biggest weapon, her driver. If she can keep her tee ball in play and keep leaving herself short irons into most greens, she could begin to pull away from the rest of the field.

Quote of the day: “I knew this golf course was going to set up good for me. I get to hit driver on every hole.” – Thompson