Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) - Lexi Thompson fired a 2-under-par
69 on Sunday and cruised to a 4-stroke win at the LPGA Malaysia.
Thompson, who held a 3-stroke overnight lead, used a string of three straight
birdies after the turn to seal her second LPGA Tour win and first since the
2011 Navistar LPGA Classic. The 18-year-old ended the tournament at 19-under-
Last week's Reignwood LPGA Classic winner Shanshan Feng shot 67 on Kuala
Lumpur Golf & Country Club's East Course to finish second at 15-under 269.
Ilhee Lee, who held 1-stroke lead through each of the first two rounds,
struggled to a 73 and ended in a tie for third place with world No. 2 Suzann
Pettersen (70) at minus-12.
Amy Yang carded a 66 to place solo fifth at 10-under, one shot ahead of world
No. 3 Stacy Lewis (69), Sandra Gal (66), Beatriz Recari (69), Alison Walshe
(69), Chella Choi (67) and Karine Icher (72).
Michelle Wie posted her best result since early June, as she shot 69 in the
final round and tied for 12th at 7-under 277. Her previous best finish was a
share of ninth at the Wegmans LPGA Championship.
Thompson earned her 3-stroke overnight lead with a third-round 66, but she
opened with eight pars and a bogey on Sunday, allowing Lee to inch closer as a
Lee opened with four straight pars and a bogey at the par-3 fifth before
carding back-to-back birdies from the sixth to move within one shot of
Thompson. She would get no closer, due in part to her own unraveling, but also
to Thompson's stellar run around the turn.
Aided by Lee's bogey at the ninth, Thompson did the rest to close out the
She began her victory march at the par-4 10th, knocking her approach within
three feet and tapping in for birdie. Pressing on, Thompson drained a bending
birdie putt from outside 20 feet at the 11th, then 2-putted for her third
straight birdie at the 12th to reach 19-under.
When the dust settled on her birdie hat trick, Thompson held a 4-shot lead
over Lee, who then bogeyed the 13th and 14th to drop six back.
Feng moved into second place courtesy of Lee's stumble, then carded her third
birdie of the day at the 16th to reach 14-under. She closed her bogey-free
round with another birdie at the last, but Thompson's margin proved too great.
Comfortable advantage in hand, Thompson strolled into the winner's circle,
playing her final six holes at even par.
NOTES: Thompson earned $300,000 with the first-place finish ... She made 43
starts in between her two victories ... This was the first time in her career
that Thompson recorded all four rounds in the 60s (67-63-66-69) ... Thompson
became the 13th different winner on the LPGA Tour in 2013 ... Defending
champion and world No. 1 Inbee Park, a six-time winner this season,
tied for 32nd at 1-under-par 283.
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