Lexi back with a bang

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Lexi Thomp­son earned her first win of the year, shoot­ing a 6-un­der-par 65 on Sun­day to com­plete a wire-towire vic­tory at the LPGA Kingsmill Cham­pi­onship in Wil­liams­burg, Vir­ginia

In card­ing her third 65 of the tour­na­ment, Lexi breezed to a five-shot vic­tory over Chun InGee of South Korea, fin­ish­ing at 20-un­der 264 — a tour­na­ment record.

Lexi was play­ing in her third event since her stun­ning de­feat at the ANA In­spi­ra­tion, when she was hit with a four-shot penalty dur­ing the fi­nal round and even­tu­ally lost in a play­off in the year’s first ma­jor.

Start­ing her round three shots ahead of the field, Lexi recorded six birdies in her bo­gey-free round, in­clud­ing a pair at Nos 1 and 3 to pad her lead.

Lexi, ranked fifth in the Rolex World Rank­ings, notched her first vic­tory on the LPGA Tour since the 2016 Honda LPGA Thai­land.

In-Gee also got off to a fast start with three birdies in the first seven holes to whit­tle the deficit to two shots, but Lexi birdied No 9 and added birdies at the 12th, 14th and 15th to pull away.

It was the third run­ner-up fin­ish of the sea­son for In-Gee, whose bo­geyfree 67 left her four shots in front of the third-place fin­isher An­gela Stan­ford.

An­gela had four birdies and an ea­gle, at the par-five 15, in her clos­ing round of 66 to fin­ish one shot ahead of Danielle Kang, who fin­ished alone in fourth place at 10-un­der 274. Car­lota Ci­ganda of Spain carded a 67 to fin­ish in a tie for fifth with Sei Young Kim (71) of South Korea at 275.

World No 1 Ly­dia Ko of New Zealand, try­ing to main­tain her 82-week run atop the rank­ings, stum­bled to a 73 and fin­ished in a four-way tie for 10th in a group­ing that in­cluded sec­ond-ranked South Korean Ryu So-yeon (68). Reuters

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