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Thompson, 16, shares LPGA Classic lead

MOBILE, Ala., April 30 (UPI) -- Sixteen-year-old Alexis Thompson carded a 5-under-par 67 Saturday, earning a tie with Song-Hee Kim after three rounds of the Avnet LPGA Classic.

Thompson and Kim (2-under 70) were knotted at 7-under 209, one shot ahead of Amy Yang (72) at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Mobile, Ala.

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Should Thompson hang on for the victory, she would smash the record of the youngest-ever LPGA Tour event winner. The record is held by Marlene Hagge, who won 1952 Sarasota Open at 18 years, 14 days. That, however, was only an 18-hole event. The record for a full tournament is 18 years, 9 months, 17 days, set by Paula Creamer at the 2005 Sybase Classic.

Tied for fourth place at 5-under 211 are Maria Hjorth (67), Suzann Pettersen (71) and Karen Stupples (72).

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