16-year-old Golfer Lexi Thompson Continues to Smash Golfing Records

She has already featured in these pages for her extraordinary performance in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama earlier this year, but 16-year-old golfing prodigy Lexi Thompson has once again got the golfing world buzzing about her accomplishments thanks to her stunning victory in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

The talented youngster shot a final round 5-under par 67 to win the title and become the youngest winner on the Ladies European Tour in history.

This means that the native Floridian is now the youngest player to have won a tournament on both the LPGA and Ladies European Tour.

“It feels amazing,” Thompson revealed after her victory. “I’m just honoured they invited me back and I’m just grateful to be here.

“I’ve been working on my game really hard and it has paid off,” she revealed.

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Thompson’s victory was achieved thanks to an impressive final days performance. Going head-to-head with South African Lee-Anne Pace, Thompson started her move for victory on the ninth hole when she chipped in for a birdie to take a one-shot lead.

That proved to be the catalyst for sustained improvement on the back nine as the prodigious youngster extended her lead with four more birdies over the final nine holes, giving her a winning final score of 273, 15-under par.

She finished four shots ahead of second placed Pace who completed her tournament with a 69 and was left to rue a few missed putts on the back nine as she attempted to reel in the talented American.

“Things could have been a little different,” suggested Pace after the final round.

“I hit a bad club on 12 which cost me a shot and that’s where things changed around.”

Sophie Gustafsson of Sweden finished a shot behind Pace in third, with four other players a shot further back tied for fourth.

Speaking to the press following his daughter’s victory, Lexi’s father and caddy Scott Thompson stated that he was delighted with the way his teenager had handled the pressure when Pace began the round with a flurry of birdies and an eagle.

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“She didn’t panic and kept playing her game, not worrying about what anyone else was doing,” he said after the win.

“The first one wasn’t a fluke,” he said referring to Lexi’s victory at the Navistar LPGA Classic earlier this year.

“She has won again now. That is the great thing. The first one people may say she is lucky for the week, but she won again, so it kind of validates it,” he concluded.

Thompson is now predicted to break into the top 40 in the world rankings following her success and fellow competitor Michelle Wie, herself a child prodigy, has already tweeted that she feels Thompson will go on to become a real force in golf.

“I think she kind of has that mentality,” stated Wie. “Just grip it and rip it.

“She just goes out there and just kind of has fun, which is really nice to see. She’s a really talented player and I’m really impressed.”

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The talented youngster certainly has the world of womens’ golf at her feet and it will be interesting to watch her development in years to come. Stardom at such a young age however is no guarantee of success. Michelle Wie suffered a dreadful loss of form after emerging as a precocious youngster a few years ago and is only now starting to rediscover her best golf.

Lexi Thompson will have many additional pressures to face as she becomes a bigger name in women’s golf, but with her grounded attitude and family backing, she certainly has the support, allied to her exceptional golf skills, to become a real force in the game for many years to come.

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