Lexi Thompson drives on the ninth hole during the second round of the Meijer LPGA Classic golf tournament at Blythefield Country Club, Friday, July 24, 2015 in Belmont, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Carlos Osorio
July 24, 2015

BELMONT, Mich. (AP) Lexi Thompson birdied six of the first eight holes and finished with a season-beat 7-under 64 on Friday for a share of the Meijer LPGA Classic lead with Alison Lee and Lizette Salas.

The 20-year-old Thompson matched Lee and Salas at 9-under 133 at Blythefield Country Club. Lee, the 20-year-old former UCLA player in her first season on the tour, had a 66, and playing partner Salas, a former Southern California star, shot a 70.

Kris Tamulis closed with a bogey on the par-4 ninth to drop into a tie for fourth at 8 under with Gerina Piller, Jaye Marie Green, Wei-Ling Hsu and Q Baek and. Tamulis shot 68, Piller 65, Baek 68, and Green and Hsu 69.

Top-ranked Inbee Park, a playoff loser last year in the inaugural event, was tied for 18th at 4 under after a 68. She has a tour-high three victories this season.

Thompson, winless since taking the then-Kraft Nabisco last year for her first major title, took advantage of early windless scoring conditions. Lee birdied six of her first 10 holes in her afternoon round.

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