Lexi Thompson shoots 65 to lead Kingsmill Championship

Lexi Thompson watches her tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Kingsmill Championship LPGA golf tournament in Willi

Brittany Lincicome watches her tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Kingsmill Championship LPGA golf tournament in

Lexi Thompson, right, talks with her caddie Kevin McAlpine on the ninth tee during the first round of the Kingsmill Championship LPGA g

Defending champion Aria Jutanugarn watches her tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Kingsmill Championship LPGA gol

Lexi Thompson, left, walks with her caddie Kevin McAlpine to the ninth tee during the first round of the Kingsmill Championship LPGA go

Gerina Piller, left, hugs Lexi Thompson on the ninth tee during the first round of the Kingsmill Championship LPGA golf tournament in W

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Lexi Thompson had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch and finished with a 6-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Kingsmill Championship.

Playing her third tournament since losing the ANA Inspiration in a playoff after being penalized four strokes for a rules violation that a TV viewer spotted, Thompson had a one-stroke lead over U.S. Solheim Cup teammates Gerina Piller and Brittany Lincicome and young American Angel Yin.

Thompson played her opening nine in even par with a birdie on No. 11 and a bogey on No. 17, then birdied No. 1 and Nos. 3-7 on Kingsmill Resort's River Course.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko was two strokes back at 67 along with Sarah Jane Smith and Giulia Molinaro. Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 72.