The Loop

Lexi Thompson makes two eagles in opening 64, eyes becoming top-ranked American

February 25, 2016

If Lexi Thompson keeps this up, the LPGA Tour might be looking at a "Big Three" situation of its own. Thompson, currently No. 4 in the Rolex Rankings, could overtake No. 3 Stacy Lewis with a win at this week's Honda LPGA Thailand. And did she ever get off to a good start.

Thompson shot an opening 64 to take a one-shot lead over Q Baek. Defending champ Amy Yang sits another shot back.

Lexi, who turned 21 two weeks ago, may have being the No. 1-ranked American (Lydia Ko and Inbee Park sit comfortably in the top two spots) on her mind, but on Thursday, it was two eagles that propelled her to the top of the leader board. Thompson eagled the par-5 first and seventh holes on her way to an outgoing 30.

The long hitter overpowered the Slam Country Club Old Course, thanks in part to a new driver.

"I've been trying to work into it for probably the last few months, and just trying to find a shaft that works for me, and finally found something I'm very comfortable with," Thompson told reporters after.

Thompson finished T-9 and T-17 in her first two events of the season. If she's only finally getting comfortable with arguably her most important club, maybe those two at the top of the world ranking aren't as comfortable as we thought.