Navistar LPGA Classic
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Capitol Hill, Senator Course
September 18, 2011
Final-round notes and interviews
Lexi Thompson -17, Rolex Rankings No. 124
Tiffany Joh -12, Rolex Rankings No. 135
Brittany Lang -10, Rolex Rankings No. 31
Lexi Thompson became the youngest winner in the 61-year history of the LPGA Tour by capturing a five-shot victory at the Navistar LPGA Classic. Thompson, who is 16 years, 7 months and 8 days old, shot a final round 2-under 70 to help secure her victory over Tiffany Joh, who finished in second at 12-under-par.
Before Thompson’s win, Marlene Hagge had held the distinction as the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour. Hagge was 18 years, 14 days when she won the 1952 Sarasota Open, which was an 18-hole event. Hagge won two 18-hole events at the age of 18. The youngest winner of a multi-round event on the LPGA Tour had been Paula Creamer, who captured the 2005 Sybase Classic when she was 18 years, 9 months and 17 days.
Thompson is no stranger to breaking records. In 2007, she became the youngest person to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open at the age of 12. That same year she won the Westerfield Junior PGA Championship to become the youngest winner in Junior PGA Championship history.
Golfing is a way of life in the Thompson family. Lexi’s oldest brother Nicholas, 28, is a member of the Nationwide Tour this season and spent the past three years on the PGA Tour. Her other brother Curtis, 18, is a freshman on the Louisiana State University men’s golf team and her father, Scott, was her caddie this week on the Senator Course at the Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill.
“Just being there with my dad, he was like, Lexi, just enjoy that walk,” Thompson said of coming up the 18th to a huge ovation from the crowd. “He told me, ‘I am going off to the side because I might cry.’ You know, I definitely cried after I finished. Just finishing that with my dad on the bag, it was the best experience. I wouldn’t be out here without my dad ‑‑ and my mom, of course.”
Thompson, who carried a five-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round, held steady for the majority the day on the course. She went through one tough stretch when she made two straight bogeys on No. 11 and 12. But the 16-year-old held her composure as her lead was cut to three shots thanks to four s, making back-to-back birdies on No. 16 and 17 to increase her lead back to five shots heading into the 18th hole. After just missing her birdie putt that would have given her four straight rounds in the 60s, Thompson tapped in her par putt to complete her impressive victory and during the trophy presentation, Thompson announced that she will donate $20,000 of her $195,000 first-prize check to the tournament’s official charity, The Wound Warrior Project.
Video star: Tiffany Joh has become well-known on the LPGA Tour recently for the musical talent that she has shown in her You Tube videos, but the rookie has also been impressing with her golf. Joh shot a 4-under 68 in Sunday’s final round to record a career-best runner-up finish.
Of course, Joh’s success on the golf course should only bring m
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