Moriya two shots be­hind pace­set­ter Thomp­son at Indy

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>> IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS: Lexi Thomp­son was off to a fast start at the in­au­gu­ral Indy Women in Tech Cham­pi­onship at the Brick­yard Cross­ing Golf Course at In­di­anapo­lis Mo­tor Speed­way.

The 22-year-old Thomp­son birdied 11 holes and had two bo­geys on Thurs­day while rac­ing to the top of the leader­board with a nine-un­der-par 63.

One shot be­hind Thomp­son are San­dra Gal of Ger­many and Kris Ta­mulis at the Pete Dye-de­signed course lo­cated in­side the fa­mous rac­ing oval.

Two shots out of t he lead are Moriya Ju­tanu­garn of Thai­land and Ly­dia Ko of New Zealand.

Thomp­son was sharp. She used only 26 putts and hit ev­ery fair­way but one and 16 of 18 greens in reg­u­la­tion. The 63 was her sec­ond-best round of the year, fall­ing short of a 61 she posted at the Pure Silk-Ba­hamas LPGA Clas­sic.

“It was just over­all a very solid round,” Thomp­son said.

“It was quite the early morn­ing, so it was a bit cold on the range and strug­gled a bit on the range, but I just hit a few good driv­ers at the end and I just com­mit­ted to one thing going into the round and I think that’s what made my day a lot eas­ier on me.

“I just stuck to my rou­tine and com­mit­ted to my golf shots.

“That round def­i­nitely gave me the con­fi­dence that I can make those birdies if I just let it go and fire at pins and just com­mit to my shots and don’t doubt it.”

Ta­mulis and Gal had bo­gey-free rounds. Last week, the 36-year-old Ta­mulis posted her best fin­ish of the sea­son with a tie for 15th at the Cam­bia Port­land Clas­sic.

Moriya and Ko also played bo­gey free. Ko’s 65 was her low­est open­inground score of the year.

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