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Thompson Powers To Victory

Winner Lexi Thompson of the United States acknowledges spectators on the 18th hole during the final round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship golf tournament at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Who won

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.”


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