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17-year-old leads over LPGA field

– Lexi Thompson made a little more history Thursday in the Navistar LPGA Classic, opening her title defense with a career-best 9-under 63 to match the tournament record.

Last year at the event, Thompson became the youngest champion in LPGA Tour history at age 16, winning by five strokes. Fifteen-year-old amateur Lydia Ko broke the record last month in the Canadian Women’s Open.

Mika Miyazato and Lindsey Wright shot 63 in the 2010 event. Thompson’s previous best score on the LPGA Tour was a 65 in the final round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. She missed a birdie on the 18th hole by about 6 inches.

“I wasn’t thinking about the course record, I was just trying to put a good stroke on it like every other putt,” she said.

Lizette Salas and Hee Young Park were tied for second at 65, and third-ranked Stacy Lewis was another stroke back along with Karen Stupples, former Fort Wayne resident Amanda Blumenherst, Wendy Ward and Mi Hyang Lee.

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