Lexi Thompson Eagles Final Hole to Win LPGA Tour Event
Talk about winning in style. Last week, Lexi Thompson was a joint-runner-up behind champion Jeongeun Lee6 in the U.S. Women's Open, and ironically enough, seven days later the roles were reversed, as the American produced a spectacular finish - holing a 20-footer for eagle - to complete a one-stroke victory ahead of the Korean, who was seeking back-to-back wins on the LPGA Tour.
It's the 24-year-old from Florida's 11th title on the circuit, her first of this season, and is a welcome tonic after the Solheim Cup star has battled through much documented personal issues in recent times. However, there was only joy at the ShopRite LPGA Classic when Thompson holed that clinching putt for eagle, which set the clubhouse target and completed a closing round of 67 to finish at 12-under for the tournament.
“I got chills,” said Thompson in the aftermath, “like my hair on my arms was like sticking up once I made that putt.”
Such is her prodigious length, she reached the par five in two with a 3-wood and wedge, ably assisted by a downwind, flyer lie from the rough.
"I kind of had a little sketchy lie so I knew it was going to jump,” she continued, as reported by Golf Week, “and then it was blowing 30 mph downwind, and I had 190 to the front, 200 pin. And it’s crazy to think about all the numbers that we were thinking about, but we were like, land it 30 yards short, so 160, and then with a jumper lie and then the wind I ended up hitting a pitching wedge, which is my 135 club, from 190. Ended up, I guess, landing 50 yards short and rolling up there."
There will be disappointment for Lee6, who has enjoyed an astonishing rookie season on the LPGA Tour, but the memories of that major victory will ease this narrow loss, while for Lexi Thompson, it's further evidence that on her day, few in the women's game have that additional gear like the powerful American.
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