Lydia Ko holds upper hand over rivals at Kingsmill Championship in Virginia

One day after Lexi Thompson parachuted onto the first tee at the Kingsmill Championship, she landed at the top of the leaderboard after an opening 6-under 65.

She's two shots off the lead held by American Lexi Thompson.

Thompson is playing in her third event since she lost the first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, in a playoff after a television viewer called in a rules violation and she was assessed a penalty.

Thompson teed off the 10th hole and made the turn at even par before a birdie at the par-four first kick-started a stunning final nine of 30 that included five birdies in a row from the third.

Masters and defending Nelson champion Sergio Garcia had three bogeys on the front nine and just one birdie in a 73 that left him tied for 93rd. Lincicome finished with a 5-under-par 66.

"It was kind of a nightmare", Thompson said in Texas. Thompson's only advantage over Ko, in terms of their playing stats, is her length. She said she believes her game "is as good as anyone's" heading into the weekend.

"Last night I was like, 'OK, I got to go back to what I was doing before, ' " Kang said.

Getting back to action after almost a month, Indian golfer Aditi Ashok was sailing fine till a bogey finish derailed her first round at the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg on Thursday.

The Indian ace, victor of two titles on the Ladies European Tour a year ago, will look to make it count when she begins a three-week swing at the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia this week.

Ko is enduring the longest winless streak of her career, having gone 18 tournaments since her last win in July previous year.

Piller had six birdies and a bogey. Hit the fairway, hit the green, make the putt. It's just a tournament that I love to come back to.

Said Ko, whose streak of 18 events without a victory is the longest of her career: "I'm starting to hit it a little bit better and I'm hitting a few more greens" in regulation. "If you get above the hole you got to be really careful". "I am just going to try and give myself as many opportunities and I can".

Lincicome had five birdies in a bogey-free round.


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