Lexi leads Wegmans LPGA Championship, Woods WDs from Ryder Cup consideration

Opening Round Update — LPGA Tour — Wegmans LPGA Championship — Monroe Golf Club — Pittsford, New York — 

Lexi Thompson raced out to a 6-under through 13 holes in the opening round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship in New York.

The American, a 20-to-1 betting selection heading into the tournament at, is looking for her second major title of 2014. She won the KRAFT Nabisco Championship for her first major in April.

With fellow Americans Mo Martin (RICOH Women’s British Open Championship) and Michelle Wie (U.S. Women’s Open) capturing previous majors this year, Lexi is also trying to help the U.S. sweep the majors in women’s golf for the first time since 1992.

Thompson is bogey-free on her round at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, New York and leads China’s Shanshan Feng by a stroke. Nearly two dozen golfers are within four shots of the lead including Catriona Matthew (2-under through 15), Laura Davies (2-under with two holes to play) and Martin (1-under through 14).

Defending champion Inbee Park is 1-over playing the back-nine at Monroe. Park lost in a playoff last week at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan. A number of high-profile players including No. 1 Stacy Lewis and second-ranked Lydia Ko and Cristie Kerr have yet to tee off in the first round.

Other Golf News:

  • Scott Langley co-leads the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship after shooting 5-under-65 in round one. He is tied at the moment with William McGirt and Martin Laird, who both still has a few holes to finish up. Nick Watney, David Toms and Tim Clark are within two shots of the lead in the early going.
  • The United States Golf Association’s U.S. Amateur Championship continues through Sunday at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Georgia.
  • Tiger Woods, who continues to battle injuries, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the U.S. Ryder Cup squad in mid-September. Woods announced he will step aside to let muscular issues in his back heal. He said on his website that he plans to return in December for the World Challenge, which he hosts every season.
  • Thomas Bjorn (5-under-66) headlines a group tied for the lead at the Made in Denmark tournament — an inaugural event on the European Tour.
  • The Champions Tour hosts the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open Friday through Sunday in New York. Charles Schwab Cup standings leader Bernhard Langer is the outright betting favorite at 2 1/2-1 odds.