Apr 08, 2014

    Thompson beats Wie by 3 strokes


    LEXI Thompson became the second-youngest winner of an LPGA Major when she outplayed Michelle Wie at the US$2 million (S$2.5 million) Kraft Nabisco Championship to triumph by three strokes on Sunday.

    Thompson, who turned 19 in February, and Wie were both child prodigies at different times and many fans of women's golf were hoping for a compelling heavyweight final-round duel.

    They started the day tied for the lead but it turned out to be a mismatch as Thompson, five years younger than Wie, displayed more aggression, greater composure and a better touch on the greens.

    She sank a series of 10-foot putts to deliver a proverbial knockout by taking a five-shot lead at the turn, an advantage she never looked remotely in danger of blowing.

    "I've worked my whole life to win a Major and this was my main goal coming into this year, so I'm excited and so grateful," she told Golf Channel after carding 68 to finish at 14-under 274.

    Second-placed Wie, who closed with a 71, lamented: "I couldn't get anything going."