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Lexi Thompson reverses placings on Jeongeun Lee6

Thompson - rewarded for consistency in 2019 (file) (Photo: Getty Images)
The world’s fourth ranked woman golfer, Lexi Thompson, has won her first LPGA event of 2019 and her 11th career title with a one-shot victory over the newly crowned US Women’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 at the Shoprite LPGA Classic, reversing their placings in South Carolina last Sunday.

Thompson overcame an outstanding effort by Lee6 to go back to back at the Shoprite Classic in New Jersey with an equal best final round of 67 highlighted by an eagle at the 72nd hole after a wedge from 198 yards in the blustery conditions finished 20 feet from the hole and was converted to allow Thompson to move two ahead.

Lee6 who was playing behind Thompson, had an opportunity at the 71st hole but missed and then needed an eagle at the last to force a playoff and although she found the green she finished 60 feet from the hole an could only two-putt for the birdie and a runner-up finish.

It was, however, yet another great week for the South Korean especially given the aftermath of her US Open victory seven days ago and she will extend further her lead of the LPGA Tour money list in her rookie season.

For Thompson however it continues a series of good finishes in recent weeks including that runner-up finish behind Lee6 last week and a runner-up finish two starts earlier at the Mediheal Championship.

Thompson is only 24 years of age but given that she first played the US Women’s Open as a twelve-year old she has been playing at or close to this level for many years, turning professional at 15 and winning her first LPGA Tour title at 16.

A decision to quit social media a month or so ago appears to be paying dividends as she is now clear of the distractions and angst it was creating for her.

In her post-event press conference this week Thompson reflected on a career that has to date been a roller coaster and one that has at times copped criticism from those who felt they knew better.

Perhaps her lowest moment on the golf course came when she was penalised four shots for incorrectly replacing her ball at the ANA Championship two years ago and faced the social media consequences for it but today she tried to put that in perspective.   

“I've definitely been through a lot, but a lot of people have. I've been through a lot on and off the golf course, and I think, like I said earlier, the fans have truly helped me out a lot.

“Not only them but my family and my support team that I have around me, they've helped me so much just to get me through everything.”

Thompson’s mum Judy has battled cancer and her fight to overcome the disease has served as an inspiration to her daughter and helped her keep her own troubles in perspective.

“Really what my mom has gone through, seeing just her attitude in life has really opened up my eyes for things that I've been through. It's not that bad.”

“And if you still go through life with a positive attitude, you can get through anything. That has helped me out so much, and it has made me proud, just the way I've played with what I've been through and just the determination and just the hard working that I've put into it, just to see it pay off. It means so much.”

Lee6 finished two clear of American Ally McDonald in second place while Swede Anna Nordqvist continued her stunning record in the event when she finished 4th another two shots back.

Nordqvist’s quest for a third win in this event hit a roadblock when she triple-bogeyed in Saturday’s second round but it was a 5th top ten in the event in addition to her two wins.

Su Oh finished as the leading Australian when 34th her best finish in her last eleven starts while Karrie Webb showed a bit of her previous form when 43rd.

  

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