Thompson endures rain to take lead at LPGA event

Posted June 19, 2017

Her third round included three birdies through the front nine and then a double birdie on the par 5 hole 11 at the Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids.

Thompson leads by one over a myriad of golfers including Sung Hyun Park, Jenny Shin, Lee-Anne Pace, and overnight leader Brooke Henderson. "Seeing the little kids out here, that's what makes the game and I absolutely love it". The 5th hole had so much water that the tees had to be moved forward and the hole that is normally a par 5, played as a par 3, meaning the course played as a par 69 instead of 71.

"Could have been really close to being a great shot", Henderson said.

"Two bogeys to finish, but that just gives me a little more motivation going into tomorrow".

"Unfortunately, the two bogeys just came at the end and kind of put a damper on the round, but I'm still leading it looks like by two at this point", Henderson added.

"I've been playing good", the Spanish player said. "I'm really looking forward to the next three days and hopefully I can continue the strong play".

1st day goes to New Zealand
However, a five-day break until race five and six on Sunday (NZT) will allow Team USA to make changes to its teetering defence. Oracle Team USA is looking to win its third consecutive America's Cup , a feat last achieved by the same team in the 1930s.

Oh backed up her first round 67 with a 70 to be at five-under par in a share of 20th place, while countrywoman Sarah Jane Smith is a shot further back after back-to-back rounds of 69. The 19-year-old Bengaluru resident continued from where she left in the first round and surged up on the leaderboard from Tied 25th in round one to Tied 14th position on day two, six off the lead.

Australia's Su Oh fired the equal best round of the day, a five-under 64, to finish the tournament in a tie for fourth at 14-under-par.

Her successor, Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn, is eight off the pace.

Moriya, the sister of world No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn, is alone in fifth at nine-under 133, three shots back of Henderson.

Pace blistered a course softened by rain with an 8-under 61.

Henderson had seven birdies - four in a row on Nos.