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Lexi Thompson revels in maiden major glory
A flawless final round at the Kraft Nabisco Championship saw teenager Lexi Thompson win her maiden major.
The 19-year-old carded a final round four-under-par 68 to finish on 14 under for the tournament – three shots better than American compatriot Michelle Wie – as well as Stacy Lewis who was a further four shots off the pace.
Lexi began the day at 10 under alongside Wie but before long she was steaming ahead, carding three birdies in her first five holes and picking up another shot at the par-five ninth to build a hefty lead which eventually proved unassailable.
"It's such a huge honour to win this tournament," said Thompson. "It's a great feeling. This is what I've worked so hard for.
"This was one of my goals coming into the year, to win a major. I've always seen myself winning a Kraft Nabisco. It's such a huge honour with all the history behind the tournament. It's just a dream come true."
Lexi’s feat is impressive, although Morgan Pressel remains the youngest LPGA major winner as she won the Kraft Nabisco Championship at the tender age of 18 in 2007.
Michelle Wie, many people’s favourite heading into the tournament, endured frustration in her final day’s golf at Mission Hills in California, mixing four birdies with three bogeys.
"I think I got to a point I tried too hard to make birdies and I was forcing everything," Wie admitted.
"If I'd just let it happen, I think I would have rolled a couple more putts in. I wanted to make those putts so badly. At the same time, Lexi played amazing today."
Lewis carded a 69 while Cristie Kerr and Se Ri Pak tied for fourth at six under following a 72 and a 74 respectively.
English teenage starlet Charley Hull was in with a good shout when the final day began as she was only two shots off the lead, but a slump in form left her with a 76 finish and a tie for seventh.