Thompson begins Meijer LPGA title defense with first-round 65

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BELMONT, Mich. -- Lexi Thompson opened her defense of the Meijer LPGA Classic in a big way, shooting a 65 (-6) to put herself in a five-way tie for first after one round at Blythefield Country Club.

Thompson, a seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour, started her day on the back nine at Blythefield, parring her way to the turn. After an eagle on the par-5 1st, the 21-year-old reeled off three straight birdies on holes 3-5 before adding a final birdie on the 17th.

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