Taking advantage of her exceptional length, Lexi Thompson played the par-5s in 9 under for the week and rarely had more than a short iron into any of the par-4s at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea. She shot 3-under 69 on Sunday to reach 15 under, good for a one-shot victory ahead of a resurgent Yani Tseng and KLPGA player Sung Hyun Park, who was actually longer off the tee than Thompson.
Who didn’t win
In a rare stumble, Lydia Ko failed for the first time in her short career to close out a win after holding a share of the third-round lead. Ko began the day at 13 under but stumbled in the middle of her round, playing Nos. 6-12 in 3 over. “I just tried to hit a low punch shot,” Ko said. “Yesterday I had a problem with that where it cost me two bogeys and the same today, twice. So that’s four shots. I just tried to hit a low shot through the wind but I just didn’t get aggressive enough and it floated even more and ended up not working.” Still, Ko had a shot to tie Thompson on the final green, a chip for eagle that ran past the hole. “Lexi played great,” Ko said. “I struggled in the middle of my round but I was able to turn it around a little in the end. I think that’s a good sign.”