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American Lexi Thompson defied the difficulty of the Olympic Club with a bogeyless 66, which earned her the 54-hole lead at the US Women’s Open. Watch Sunday’s final live on Sky Sports Golf.

By Keith Jackson

Last updated: 06/06/21 04:03 AM



US Women’s Open: Lexi Thompson fires bogey-free 66 to claim third-round lead | Golf News



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Lexi Thompson shot the first round bogeyless of the week to lead the 54-hole course at the US Women’s Open in California.

Lexi Thompson shot the first round bogeyless of the week to lead the 54-hole course at the US Women’s Open in California.

Lexi Thompson took the lead in the US Women’s Open after shooting the bogeyless first round of the week at the Olympic Club in California.

Thompson’s stunning five-under-66 propelled her to seven under par for the tournament and one ahead of Yuka Saso, with just seven players completing 54 holes under the card.

In her 15th appearance since making history when she competed in the 2007 edition at just 12 years old, Thompson reached the turn in 32 when she made a 20-foot hole for a birdie in the ninth, and she took more hits at 14 and 17 to claim the outright lead.

“I hit well all day and put in a few good putts,” said the 26-year-old, who hasn’t won for two years and hasn’t added to her only championship win. major at ANA Inspiration in 2014.

Thompson shot the first bogey-less round of the week

Thompson shot the first bogey-less round of the week

“It’s all about patience on this golf course because there are going to be some bad shots and you are going to miss the fairways so you just have to go wrong at worst and get out of the hole and move on to the next.

“It’s tough, the rough is super thick. They say there’s a first cut, but the first cut is about four inches. But it’s just a great golf course. should be the big championships, they should be longer, with the thick rough up, and he is maintained to his standards of being there.

“So I played solid today and I’m just going to try to take it for tomorrow and focus on one shot at a time.

Thompson makes his 15th tournament appearance

Thompson makes his 15th tournament appearance

“It’s great. I worked extremely hard in my weeks off so it’s good to see the hard work pay off. But I still have a day ahead of me so I’m just going to take a photo at both, it’s gonna be a long day and see where it goes. ”

Saso looked ready to maintain the lead she had at the halfway point when she birdied in the 10th to go down to eight under, but she lost shots at 13 and 14 before recovering one in the long 17th. , so as not to pass the last hole.

 

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Teen amateur Megha Ganne remained in contention after a bout 72 left her just four behind before entering the final round with Jeongeun Lee6, who returned a 73.

Shanshan Feng, Nasa Hataoka and Megan Khang are the only other players to have red numbers after three rounds, while Mel Reid’s hopes of a major breakthrough evaporated after she struggled with a disappointing 78 to get out of the game. top 20 out of five above par.

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