Thompson wins Meijer LPGA Classic

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Lexi Thompson fired a six-under-par 65 to secure a one-shot victory at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Overnight leader Lizzete Salas, who had a four-stroke lead heading into the final round, finished in a tie for second with Gerina Piller after carding a final-round 70 at the Blythefield Country Club.

Meanwhile, world number one Inbee Park had a torrid time on Sunday as she finished with a five-over-par 76 to finish on four-under and in a tie for 44th.

Sitting four strokes adrift of Salas at the beginning of the day, Thompson got off to an excellent start, making five birdies and a bogey on the front nine to take the turn in 32.

The 20-year-old was joined on 16-under by Piller, but further birdies at the 10th and 11th saw Thompson move clear once more. A birdie at the 15th extended the American’s lead, and such was Thompson’s advantage that even a bogey at the 17th would not derail her victory charge.

“It feels amazing,” Thompson told lpga.com.

“It still hasn’t really hit me yet because everything happened so fast. But it was a great day out there and we had perfect weather for it, so couldn’t ask for anything more.”

The win is Thompson’s first since she triumphed at the Kraft Nabisco Championship – now known as the ANA Inspiration – in April last year and it will see her rise to sixth in the world rankings.

Salas endured a turbulent final round that included four birdies and three bogeys. The 26-year-old needed a birdie at the 18th to set up a play-off with Thompson after a birdie at the 17th had brought her back into contention, but she could only manage a par.

Piller put in a valiant effort in her bid for the title, making eight birdies and a bogey in her round of 64 to finish in a tie for second.

South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu and Kris Tamulis finished in a tie for fourth, with the former making six birdies and a bogey during her round of 66 and the latter recording four birdies and a bogey during her final round of 68.

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