Thompson beats Ko at her own game in Indy

Minjee Lee

She was driven to the adjacent Indianapolis Motor Speedway and reveled in her victory like an Indy 500 driver. She sipped some milk, poured the rest over her head and, of course, sealed it with a kiss of the bricks. Then she took a couple of laps around the track in a pace auto with Doug Boles, president of IMS.

"Everything clicked last week, and I've been focusing on playing well", Pillar said.

"I'm all about driving fast", said Thompson "I got it up to 122 (mph)".

Chasing a first win in more than a year, Ko's cautiously pleased with her round.

Thompson is projected to jump from third to second in the world ranking, passing Sung Hyun Park.

Meanwhile Ko, who has not won since 2016, carded a 64 with nine birdies, including five on the trot at one point. The 16-year LPGA veteran made seven birdies to only one bogey on Friday. Those changes were on display at the Brickyard, and after starting the final round tied with Ko, Thompson methodically pulled away on the back nine.

The Kiwi number one holds a share of first place at the Indianapolis Open.

"Lexi played great, especially down the stretch", Ko said. "I'm just happy to get my ninth win here in IN".

"I know I've still got a whole, full 18 holes tomorrow to go, but I think really the key was that I've just kind of enjoyed being in this position and being able to hit some good shots and give myself some good looks at birdie", Ko said.

She now shares the lead with American Lexi Thompson, who backed up her opening 63 with a second-round 66. Her only missed green, coming at No. 8, led to her only bogey in two rounds at the Pete Dye-designed Brickyard Crossing Golf Course.

Both players lie at 15 under for the tournament, with Candie Kung lying just one shot adrift of the two pace-setters.

Lewis captured the Cambia Portland Classic last week in Cascadia and donated her entire winner's check to the relief effort in southeast Houston, which was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey and its ensuing floods.

Her victory also snapped a winning streak of five consecutive events by players from South Korea, the nation that leads the Tour with 13 wins in 2017. She almost gave away another at No. 17 when her second shot rolled through the green.

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