Hjorth wins as Thompson implodes

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Maria Hjorth has taken advantage of teen Alexis Thompson’s final-round implosion to win the Avnet Classic.

Maria Hjorth took advantage of teen sensation Alexis Thompson’s final-round implosion on Sunday to win the Avnet LPGA Classic and claim her fifth tour title.

While 16-year-old Thompson, who was tied for the lead with Song-Hee Kim entering the final round, failed in her bid to become the LPGA Tour’s youngest ever winner when she crashed with a closing 78 and tumbled into a tie for 19th at 1-under. the seasoned Swede cooly shot her second straight 5-under 67 to finish as the winner with a 10-under 278 four-round total.

It put her two strokes clear of Korean Song-Hee Kim (71) on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex.

Thompson opened and closed with bogeys and had double bogeys after her ball found water on both the 14th and 15th holes.

The precocious teenager waved in acknowledgment of the gallery’s loud applause heading to the final hole, but walked off the final green with a pained expression on her face before telling the media that “nerves were not to blame”.

“I just didn’t hit it very solid,” she said.

Korean Na Yeon Choi (69) and Norway’s Suzann Pettersen (70) finished three strokes back in joint third place.

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