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Thompson tied for lead at Mobile Bay LPGA Classic

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Lexi Thompson shot a 65 for a share of the lead.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Lexi Thompson birdied the final three holes for a 7-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday with Eun-Hee Ji in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.

The 18-year-old Thompson, second last year behind Stacy Lewis, had eight birdies and a bogey on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Magnolia Grove complex.

Ji had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the front nine in her bogey-free round.

Jessica Korda was a stroke back, and Nicole Castrale, Mina Harigae, Dewi Claire Schreefel, Thidapa Suwanapura, Hee Young Park, Jennifer Johnson and Chella Choi shot 67.

Lewis opened with a 70.

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