Lexi opens 66 to co-lead at Evian Championship

First Round — LPGA Tour — The Evian Championship — Evian Masters Golf Club — Evian-les-bains, France — evianmasters

Lexi Thompson played bogey-free golf in the opening round of The Evian Championship shooting 5-under-66.

The 20-year-old American is tied at the top with South Korea’s Mi-Hyang Lee after 18 holes at France’s Evian Masters Golf Club in the season’s final major. Only 17 players managed to break par.

Shanshan Feng, who has not won this season, is T-6 at 3-under, while Lydia Ko shot 69. Ko, looking for her first major title, is T-12.

Several high-profile players and tournament betting favorites are over par including Rolex Ranking World No. 1 Inbee Park, who is T-40 after a 1-over-72. Stacy Lewis is T-56 after one round.

Thompson opened the week as a 25-to-1 betting selection at Sky Bet. Lexi, who won in late July at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan, rallied for three birdies and an eagle during one hot stretch from holes 12 to 15. For Lee, she is 43rd in the Rolex Ranking. Her best run was a third at the Founders Cup earlier this year.

Thompson won her first major in 2014 capturing the ANA Inspiration (then called the KRAFT Nabisco Championship) in Rancho Mirage. She ranks 7th in the Rolex Rankings and has nine Top 10s this season including a T-4 two weeks ago at the Yokomire Tire LPGA Classic.

Other Golf news:

  • Scotland’s Paul Lawrie, the 46-year-old with 29 years of experience as a professional, fired a 9-under-61 at the European Tour’s KLM europeantourlogo15Open. He co-leads with Aussie Wade Ormsby. Both were bogey-free on their rounds. Lawrie was listed as a 50-1 betting long shot.
  • The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs returns next week for its third-leg at the BMW Championship near Chicago. Jason Day is the points leader with two events to play. The TOUR Championship (Sept 21-27) will decide the FedEx Cup champion.
  • Phil Mickelson and Bill Haas have joined the U.S. team as Captain’s Picks for the Presidents Cup coming up in early October in South
    Presidents Cup 2015

    Presidents Cup 2015

    Korea. For the International team, Steven Bowditch and Sang Moon Bae were named to the team by Nick Price. Of the four players, only Mickelson has not won on the PGA Tour this season. But, Phil brings Hall of Fame skills and experience from 20 straight team competitions to the table.

  • Tommy Gainey (6-under-66) is part of the lead midway through the opening round of the Hotel Fitness Championship. The event is the first leg of the Tour Finals. Ricky Barnes is a shot back at 5-under, while several others are still finishing up opening-round play.