Lexi Thompson shot a bogey-free five-below 66 on Saturday to score the lead into the ideal round of the US Females’s Launch for the predominant time in her occupation with a one-shot edge over teen Yuka Saso.
Thompson performed a nearly flawless round trying for her first US Females’s Launch title in her 15th are attempting after first competing as a 12-year-historical beginner in 2007. She made three birdies on the front 9 and two more on the abet 9 to conquer a four-shot deficit heading into the day and score the lead at seven below.
She used to be the predominant participant all week to make par or higher on each and every gap in the round.
Saso made abet-to-abet bogeys on the abet 9 to plunge out of the lead earlier than bettering with a birdie at the par-five 17th to salvage abet to seven below. She missed a 12-foot par putt on 18 and ended the day a stroke abet.
Unique Jersey excessive college beginner Megha Ganne shot a 72 and used to be tied for third at three below with 2019 champion Jeongueun Lee6 of South Korea. China’s Shanshan Feng used to be fifth at two below, with Japan’s Nasa Hataoka and American Megan Khang the excellent other gamers below par at one below.
The 26-year-historical Thompson hasn’t gained an LPGA Tour tournament in nearly two years and gained her easiest predominant used to be at the ANA Inspiration in 2014. She has four-high 10 finishes at the US Females’s Launch, together with a runner-up to Lee6 two years previously in Charleston.