Thompson wins Meijer LPGA Classic

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

“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.