Teenager Thompson, veteran Pak lead Wie by one

Fri Apr 4, 2014 9:24pm EDT
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(Reuters) - American teenager Lexi Thompson compiled a brilliant eight-under-par 64 to tie South Korean Pak Se Ri for the halfway lead at the $2 million Kraft Nabisco Championship on Friday.

Thompson, unhappy with her putting on Thursday, found her touch on the greens to plunder eight birdies in her final 13 holes and join Pak at seven-under 137 in perfect morning conditions at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California.

They lead the first LPGA major of the year by one stroke from American Michelle Wie, who missed a golden birdie chance at her final hole, and are two in front of American Cristie Kerr and first round leader Shanshan Feng, of China.

The three frontrunners all played in the calm morning conditions, while Kerr and Feng had to contend with an afternoon breeze.

Thompson became what was then the youngest ever LPGA winner at the age of 16 in 2011 and she added two more victories last year.

A major title is her next target.

"Obviously this is one of my main goals, to win a major this year, especially the Kraft Nabisco would be a huge honor," Thompson told reporters.

"I struggled a bit yesterday on the greens, just struggled to get my putts to the hole, but I figured out some things after my round yesterday with my putting and some of my iron shots."

Thompson was only three when Pak won her first major championship in 1998. Now 36, Pak has won just about everything worth winning, except for this tournament.   Continued...

Apr 4, 2014; Rancho Mirage, CA, USA; Lexi Thompson tees off on the seventh hole in the second round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club. Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports