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Thompson Edges Lewis

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO | Lexi Thompson made birdie on the final hole to win the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Sunday by one shot, her second victory in the past five weeks on the LPGA Tour. Thompson, the 18-year-old sensation, made the Mexico triumph her third career LPGA win. She shot a 3-under-par 69 in the final round to record 72 holes at Guadalajara Country Club at 16-under 272, one shot better than Stacy Lewis. With her fourth-place finish at 11 under, Inbee Park secured the Rolex Player of the Year award. She becomes the first player from South Korea to claim that title. Thompson, who started the day one shot ahead of I.K. Kim and two clear of Lewis, stood on the 12th tee on Sunday with a three-shot lead. But there was a two-shot swing on that hole when Lewis made birdie and Thompson bogeyed, shrinking the lead to one. Lewis added birdies on the following two holes – four in a five-hole stretch – to take the lead. But Lewis made bogey on the par-3 17th to put the pair into a tie heading into the par-5 18th hole, where Thompson – one of the longest players off the tee in women’s golf – had a distinct advantage. Thompson vaulted into the lead after a 5-under 67 in Saturday’s third round, on the heels of an 8-under 64 on Friday. “I think just controlling my yardages out here is pretty big and playing consistently,” said Thompson, who won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia event five weeks ago. “My irons were a lot closer today, and I dropped a few longer putts.” In her two previous victories, she held the lead heading into the final round.


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