June 15, 2017 / 11:56 PM / 5 months ago

Canadian Henderson shoots 63 to lead LPGA in Michigan

(Reuters) - Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson plundered an eight-under-par 63 for a one-stroke lead over Lexi Thompson and five others after the first round at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday.

2016 Rio Olympics - Golf - Preliminary - Women's training - Olympic Golf Course - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 15/08/2016. Brooke Henderson (CAN) of Canada reacts during a practice session for women's Olympic golf competition. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

Henderson recorded an eagle and six birdies at Blythefield Country Club.

On a day when new world number one Ariya Jutanugarn carded a pedestrian 70, Henderson had control of all facets of her game.

“I felt great from the start,” the 19-year-old Henderson, already a triple winner on the LPGA circuit, told reporters.

“Everything was going my way. I was hitting the ball really well and some putts were dropping, which (was) kind of a change from the past few weeks.

“I had a really good feeling and made a lot of birdies, a lot of putts. I feel my game is in a really good place.”

Thompson, coming off a crushing playoff loss on Sunday, got straight back in the saddle with five consecutive mid-round birdies en route to her 64.

The American frittered away the Manulife LPGA Classic in Ontario on Sunday by three-putting the final two holes of regulation before falling to Ariya in a three-way playoff.

Noted as a strong driver, she was in control off the tee again on Thursday.

“This is definitely a great layout for my game,” she said. (I) hit a lot of drivers, which is nice. That’s my strength.”

Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Ian Ransom

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