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Lexi Thompson's redemption at Kingsmill Minjee Lee DQ'd

Lexi Thompson - every reason to smile after a tough two months. (Photo: Getty Images)
Lexi Thompson has produced a stunning five shot victory at the Kingsmill Championship and in doing so has put to bed many of the issues she was facing as a result of her controversial loss at the ANA Inspiration in March where a four shot penalty imposed in the final round for incorrectly replacing her ball in round three cost her a major title.

For Australian and 2015 Kingsmill champion Minjee Lee, however, the story on the final day was not the happy ending that was the case with Thompson. Lee was disqualified after completing her final round, a failure to sign her scorecard the reason after a double bogey at the final hole had seen her drop back in the field.

Lee has begun the final round in a share of third position with Sei Young Kim and was at even par for the day until late in her round before the struggling finish.

Su Oh would therefore finish as the leading Australian in 36th position while Sarah Jane Smith and Karrie Webb also made the cut but were well back.

Thompson, however, led from start to finish to win by five over In Gee Chun with another four shots back to Angela Stanford and in doing so created a tournament record score set previously by Annika Sorenstam.

“Oh, it means the world to me," said Thompson when asked about the tournament record. “Annika has been a player I've always looked up to not only how she played on the course, but how she is off and how she gave back to the game. This is a huge honour. I wasn't focusing on that and I didn't actually know that until maybe last night.”

When asked just how she had been able to cope with the aftermath of the ANA debacle Thompson was keen to involve the closeness of her family in her response.

“You know, just being around my family. I went straight home and I was golfing the next day, if not the day after. I was so determined just to keep on working on my game, because I knew that was the best golf I have played. I just couldn't let it get to me.

“I had to continue to practice and work hard. To have the support from my family and friends and all the fans, I mean, it was amazing. Without them, I wouldn't be here.”

Still only 22 years of age, which is at times hard to comprehend given how long she has been around and that she won her first title at 16, Thompson is playing at a level which should see her soon add to not only her eight LPGA Tour title record but to her one major record.

In Gee Chun tried hard but Thompson never put a foot wrong. Chun has been in outstanding form this year, this being her third runner-up finish in 2017.

An insight into Lexi Thompson's game

 

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