Mi Hyang Lee, Thompson lead Evian Championship after 1st round

September 10, 2015

Inbee Park tied for 40th

Lexi Thompson, of USA, follows her ball after playing on the 15th hole during the first round of the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Lexi Thompson, of USA, follows her ball after playing on the 15th hole during the first round of the Evian Championship women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

By Brian Han

Lexi Thompson had a flash of brilliance on Thursday during the first round of the LPGA season’s final major the Evian Championship in Evian-Les-Bains, France.

The 20-year-old opened with two routine pars and followed with a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie, which was enough to keep her at the top of the leaderboard by the end of the day.

“I would say I’ve just been working on consistency in my game,” Thompson told reporters after her round.

After hitting 12 of 13 fairways with a field-leading 278-yard average in driving distance, it seems her strategy is paying dividends. She showed that she can thrive in majors when she won the 2014 Nabisco Championship. She shot a 73 in the first round then so she’s off to a more promising start this week.

Thompson ended up parring out the rest of her round to record a 5-under 66 putting her in a tie with South Korea’s Mi Hyang Lee.

Lee’s scorecard told an entirely different story. She had seven birdies, but none of them were made consecutively except on her first two holes.

The 22-year-old wasn’t as consistent as Thompson from tee to green, but her average of 1.44 putts per hole gave her an edge over most of the field.

World No. 1 Park Inbee is looking to complete a career super grand slam coming off of a very strong season in which she won two major championships already, but started off with a 1-over 73 in a round peppered with four bogeys and three birdies.

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