Thompson takes LPGA Tour title by 4 shots

Paola Ditto
Novembre 21, 2018

Ariya Jutanugarn won $1 million (33 million baht) and a clutch of LPGA Tour honours as Lexi Thompson closed out the season with a four-stroke victory at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida on Sunday. The world No. 1 already had wrapped up player of the year honors, and finished 2018 with a 69.415 scoring average to edge Minjee Lee (69.747) for the top spot there. "It was so special to win in front of my family and friends".

With a chance to match England's Charley Hull for the tournament record, Thompson missed a five-foot birdie putt at 18 but then sank a two-footer, just like the one she missed a year earlier, to seal victory.

The young Thai, now No. 1 in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings, won the Race to the CME Globe and the $1 million bonus that goes to that victor.

"This year has been very up and down but to end it like this is very special", Thompson said as she accepted the US$500,000 winner's prize.

A victory would extend her streak to six consecutive LPGA seasons with at least one win.

Further gains at the 15th and 16th extended Thompson's cushion and took her to 16 under, while Korda mixed eight birdies with three bogeys to ensure she will be in the final group on Sunday. "Today I didn't think about that, like never, so I did a pretty good job today".

Lincicome was atop the leaderboard until a double-bogey at the par-four 15th, followed by back-to-back bogeys at the last two holes.

The 23-year-old made four of her five birdies on the back nine at Tiburon Golf Club to put herself in position for a first win of 2018. "Yesterday I (thought) about that too much, worrying about that".

South Korea's Ryu So-yeon and American Brittany Lincicome shared third on 275 with Ariya, American Marina Alex, New Zealand's Lydia Ko and Spain's Carlota Ciganda sharing fifth on 276. So this year is mainly just work on that.

Thompson, last year's Globe victor, shot a two-under 70 to rebound from a heartbreaking loss at the 2017 tournament and secure her first title of the season.

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