Lexi Thompson wins Sime Darby LPGA Maylasia
Thompson's final score of 19-under 256 set a new tournament scoring record. Carding all four rounds in the 60's this week in Kula Lumpur. He four day total also marks her career low on Tour as well.
"Just a bunch of happiness right now, that's for sure," said Thompson after her victory. "Word,s can't describe the feeling I have right now. It's sort of like a rerun from Navistar, just having that feeling walking up the 18th green, embracing the fans and just knowing you have the win under your belt. It means so much, especially to get it in Maylasia."
Thompson's win at the LPGA Maylasia, was her first victory as a full member of the LPGA Tour. Her first win, the Navistar Classic was as a non-member in 2011. She has started 43 tournaments since her last and first victories.
The beaming winner said it was satisfying to see all the hard work she had put in pay off in the last two years between wins.
"I've worked so hard between this whole last year since Navistar, just working on my game, improving on my short game in particular, and just to have it pay off, it means so much to me, and it's just no stopping here, just going to continue to work hard and just going to try and win every tournament," said Thompson. "I mean, that's the same attitude I have going into every event."
Thompson began the final round with a three shot lead over over Ilhee Lee. Though she gave a shot back quickly at the par-4, 2nd. Dropping her to 16-under par overall.
A clean card of steady golf the rest of her front nine, making the turn at 1-over par. However, the young star would catch fire on her inward nine.
Carding nothing more than a four on her next three holes. Thompson began the back nine with three birdies in a row to take her score to 19-under par.
Another birdie on No. 16 would see her get to 20-under par for the tournament. Only to give that shot right back with her lone bogey on the back nine. A solid par on the finishing hole would see her win her second LPGA title.
"I was feeling very good coming up the 18th green," said Thompson after securing her win. "There's top players here at these tournaments, limited field events, and if you win one of those tournaments, you know you beat the best in the world. It means so much to me, and this tournament is one of the best out there and one of the best run events, so it's a huge honor to get this one under my belt."
Thompson's win marks the second time this season on the LPGA Tour a teenager has won an event. Joining Kydia Ko who won the CN Canadian Open earlier this season.
With her win and other young women winning on the LPGA Tour, Thompson hopes that her success will drive young kids to keep dreaming big.
Posted by Eddie Garrison