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Teen Thompson ends title drought with Malaysia win

Global Times (2013-10-14 P23)
By AFP – Global Times

American teenager Lexi Thompson ended a two-year winless streak when she won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia by a record four strokes on Sunday.
The 18-year-old, whose only previous victory on the tour was at the Navistar LPGA Classic in 2011, overcame an early blip before romping home to victory in the $2 million event.
She bogeyed the second hole, but recovered with birdies on the 10th, 11th, 12th and 16th holes before dropping a shot on the 17th to finish on 19-under 265.
"Having that feeling walking up to the 18th green, embracing the fans and just knowing you have the win under your belt. It means so much," said Thompson, who has gone winless for 43 tournaments since her 2011 title.
Thompson started the day with a three-stroke lead ahead of South Korea's Lee Il-hee, but that was slashed to one by the seventh hole.
Lee, however, added bogeys on the ninth, 13th and 14th holes in an error-strewn round that undid her earlier good work which saw her take the lead in the first two days.
China's Feng Shanshan finished second with a 269 tally, while Lee and Norway's Suzann Pettersen were tied for third on 12-under 272.
Thompson's four-stroke victory was the largest winning margin in the four-year event. She was the first non-South ­Korean winner.
Kang Ji-min and Choi Na-yeon both won in previous years by one stroke, while Park In-bee recorded a two-stroke win last year.
Thompson's victory was worth $300,000 while Feng, who won in China a week ­before, took home $185,159. Lee and Pettersen both ended up $120,026 richer.
The Sime Darby LPGA ­Malaysia is the second of five tournaments in the Asian swing, with events in South ­Korea, Taiwan and Japan to ­follow.

AFP - Global Times

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