Way to Watch Kingsmill Championship 2018 Kingsmill Championship teed off Thursday morning amid a sketchy weather forecast for the week. Check below for live updates leading into the tournament.
Five-way tie for lead
Two players in the afternoon group — Jaye Marie Green and In Gee Chun — shot 6-under-par 65 to forge a five-way tie for the lead with Jessica Korda, Azahara Munoz and Annie Park.
It’s the first time a first round at Kingsmill has ever had more than three players tied for the lead.
6 under holding strong, but two with 2 shots
The trio of 65s that Jessica Korda, Azahara Munoz and Annie Park shot this morning have held up for a few hours now.
But two players — Jaye Marie Green and Angel Yin — on are the course at 4 under for the round.
Neither player has finished in the top 50 at Kingsmill in their career. Yin, 19, has a top 10 this season and is ranked 50th in the world. Green, 24, has four top 10s in 96 career LPGA Tour starts. The former University of Florida star has made three straight cuts and posted a season-best T15 in San Francisco in late April.
Soft greens have helped 70 players shoot under par, while 26 are within three shots of the lead.
Another Korda on the move
With sister Jessica Korda tied for the lead, younger sister Nelly Korda has jumped up the leaderboard at Kingsmill.
The 19 year old made three birdies on the back nine — she started at No. 10 — to pull within three shots of her sister, Azahara Munoz and Annie Park.
Jaye Marie Green is having the best round so far of the afternoon groupings, going 4 under through her first seven holes.
Angel Yin and Dani Holmqvist are at 3 under among afternoon players.
Korda, Park talk about early rounds
Both Jessica Korda and Annie Park spoke with the media after their 65s.
Park has only played in three events on the LPGA Tour this year after competing some on the Symetra Tour this season.
Rain picking up as lead stays at 6 under
Jessica Korda, Azahara Munoz and Annie Park remain on top of the leaderboard as the morning groups finished up.
There’s been a pretty steady rain that started around noon at the River Course.
An early standout rom the afternoon groups: former Kingsmill champion Karrie Webb is 3 under through five holes. Ryann O’Toole has also played well, shooting 4 under through five holes.
The final afternoon groups teed off at 2:11 p.m., so every player will get at least some of their round in regardless of weather conditions hold up this afternoon.
Three tied for the lead
A flurry of finishes has pushed Jessica Korda, Annie Park and Azahara Munoz into a tie for the lead at 6 under as most of the morning groupings wrap up.
Korda may a 4-foot birdie putt on No. 18, while Park went birdie-eagle-birdie on Nos. 14-16 to get to 6 under. Munoz made a birdie on No. 8 — she started on the back nine — and parred the 9th to tied in the lead.
Minjee Lee, Catriona Matthew and Yu Liu are two shots back.
Munoz, Park lead at 5 under
Azahara Munoz (Spain/Arizona State) started with a bogey on the 10th hole, but she’s birdied six holes since to hold the lead at 5 under.
She’s joined at the top by Annie Park (USA/Southern Cal) and Anne-Catherine Tanguay (Canada/Oklahoma). Both Munoz and Park are former NCAA individual champions.
Jessica Korda and Daniela Darquea are at 4 under.
New leader at 5 under
Azahara Munoz started with a bogey on the 10th hole, but she’s birdied six holes since to hold the solo lead at 5 under.
Emma Talley is a shot back at 4 under.
Annie Park is a shot behind the leaders in a group with Jessica Korda, Minjee Lee, Daniela Darquea and Anne-Catherine Tanguay.
Tanguay leads a strong group
Anne-Catherine Tanguay (Canada) birdied four of her first six holes to take an early lead in the opening round of the Kingsmill Championship.
Tanguay, who’s made only cut this season and is ranked 446th in the world, holds a one-shot lead over Jessica Korda, Azahara Munoz, Minjee Lee and Emma Talley.
Thirty players are currently under par.
Former champion, three others tied for lead
Minjee Lee, the 2015 Kingsmill champion, jumped into the lead at 3 under through seven holes. She’s joined by Yu Liu, Jessica Korda (both through eight holes) and Canadian Anne-Catherine Tanguay.
Another eight players are a shot back.
Large group tied at 2 under
China’s Yu Liu jumped out to an early lead at 3 under with birdies on three of her first four holes before a bogey pushed her back to 2 under.
The group joining her at 2 under: Annie Park (USA), Brianna Do (USA), I.K. Kim (South Korea), Laetitia Beck (Israel) and Jessica Korda (USA).
Do, Liu grab early lead
With 43 golfers on the course early in the opening round of the Kingsmill Championship, Brianna Do and Yu Liu grabbed an early lead at 2 under. They top a group of 10 golfers who are under par for the round.
Do, an American who made last year’s tournament through the Monday qualifier, birdied Nos. 1 and 3 and is through five holes.
A native of China, Liu made birdies on the only two holes she has played, the par 4 1st and the par-3 2nd.
Among the other highlights at 1 under: Jessica Korda, I.K. Kim and Pernilla Lindberg.
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Rain dots the forecast this week
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Lexi Thompson inspired by her mom’s battles with cancer
The Kingsmill Championship has long been Judy and Lexi Thompson’s mother-daughter week. No offense to the rest of the family, especially Lexi’s father and two brothers, but they’re just not invited.
Judy and Lexi bunk at the nearby Greenspring Vacation Resort in a condo Judy calls “homey.” Mom prepares chicken, tacos and salads, all her daughter’s faves. Lexi exhales from the pressures of LPGA Tour celebrity and spends quality time with the woman she calls her best friend.
“It’s like a little house,” Judy said Tuesday, relaxing inside Kingsmill’s Conference Center. “It’s comfy, and that’s important.”
Pernilla Lindberg is riding high after her first major win
Nine-year LPGA Tour veteran Pernilla Lindberg made her first victory a major at the ANA Inspiration in April.
“There have been times where there was some doubt there if I’m going to (win),” she said Wednesday on the eve of her sixth Kingsmill Championship. “But now I’ve obviously proved to myself that I can do it, but also I’ve shown everyone else that I can do it.
“Next time I’m in contention, or even next time I’m in a playoff, I’ve been there before and other girls now know I’ve been there before and how tough I am in that situation.”
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University of Richmond star thrilled to be in the field
Elsa Diaz doesn’t seem overwhelmed by playing in her first LPGA event. In fact, sitting before the press twice in the last four weeks leading up to the Kingsmill Championship, she’s been anything but.
“I try to envision what kind of pressure I’m going to feel,” Diaz said. “You know, the crowd and all. But all I see is me and Lexi becoming best friends and me and Natalie going shopping.”
That would be Lexi Thompson, whose career earnings have topped $7.5 million, and Natalie Gulbis, one of the biggest celebrities on the LPGA Tour. Diaz isn’t scared of playing against these people. She’s dreaming about socializing with them.
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Kingsmill tournament officials confident they’ll find title sponsor
Armed with an extended contract, new presenting sponsor and typically superb field, the Kingsmill Championship has palpable momentum. Advance ticket sales are up; Wednesday’s pro-am is sold out for the first time in a decade, and defending champion Lexi Thompson is among the sport’s most recognizable names — she’s closing in on 500,000 Twitter followers.
Kingsmill ‘on the upswing’ going into 14th LPGA tourney
A year ago, the mood at Kingsmill was a mixture of hope and caution.
Hope because its new owner was a golf-minded company that operates 16 courses in nine states. Caution because the tournament’s contract with the LPGA was in its final year.
But at Tuesday’s media day, with the event itself four weeks away, it was all hope. A successful 2017 tournament led to a contract extension, and the Kingsmill Championship will remain on the LPGA’s schedule for another three years.
U.S. Open-like conditions await stout Kingsmill field
Two weeks after the Kingsmill Championship next month, the world’s premier female golfers will compete at the U.S. Women’s Open in Alabama. Such time and distance proximity figures to keep Lexi Thompson’s River Course record safe.
With rounds of 65-65-69-65, Thompson dismantled Kingsmill last year, her 20-under-par aggregate besting Annika Sorenstam’s 2008 standard by one stroke. She made all of two bogeys on the par-71 layout and hit 64 of 72 greens in regulation.
But Pete Dye’s River Course may not be as accommodating this May, for two reasons.