Lexi Thompson shoots 65 day after sky diving with Navy Seals

Lexi Thompson shoots 65 day after sky diving with Navy Seals

After completing her first parachute jump, Thompson walked to the first tee in Williamsburg, Va., where her golf bag, caddie and pro-am partners were waiting.

The 22-year-old U.S. star made a run of five birdies in a row on her second nine of the day to stand one stroke ahead of three compatriots - Gerina Piller, Brittany Lincicome and Angel Yin. Thompson finished the round wit. Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn, the world's No. 3-ranked player, made only one birdie on the way to a pedestrian round of 1-over-par 72.

Those in attendance Wednesday at the Kingsmill Championship Pro-Am watched Lexi Thompson hit the fairway on the first hole.

Thompson began her round on the back nine and was even at the halfway mark.

A field of 144 golfers will test the 6,430-yard, par-71 River Course designed by Pete Dye in a chase for the winner's share of the $1.3 million total purse and the 500 Race to the CME Globe points that accompany the victory.

The top-ranked American on tour, Thompson has yet to win in 2017 but generated the most media attention after an unfortunate four-stroke penalty on Sunday of the ANA Inspiration derailed her chances of a second major title. "I hit some great shots and rolled a few good putts, so (it) definitely helps out my confidence".

The Indian ace, victor of two titles on the Ladies European Tour past year, will look to make it count when she begins a three-week swing at the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia this week. "It's something that we feed off each other with".

The jump kickstarted Thompson's new charitable partnership with the SEAL Legacy Foundation, called the "Lexi Legacy Challenge".

The LPGA star made the jump onto the course with retired Navy SEALs and a member of the Red Bull Air Force.

"It was an unbelievable experience", Thompson said. She added, "Supporting the SEAL Legacy Foundation is my No. 1, and just the military in general. And the more I get into tournament mode, I feel that will help me get back into a good rhythm", Aditi said. "I don't think I was hitting the ball fantastic, so there is a little bit of improvement to do there".

Piller had six birdies and a bogey.



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