Thompson wins third LPGA event

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Teenager Lexi Thompson stayed calm under pressure as she birdied the final hole to win the LPGA’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

The 18-year-old finished with a three-under-69 at the Guadalajara Country Club in Mexico on Sunday for a 16-under-par total of 272 – one shot better than that of Stacy Lewis.

Thompson carded two birdies on the front nine and picked up another shot at the 10th before dropping a shot two holes later. However, she finished with a birdie at the par-five 18th.

Although she earned her third LPGA Tour title, it was her first victory since she won as a 16-year-old in 2011.

World number three and American compatriot Lewis had a chance to force a play-off, but she missed a birdie on the final hole.

“Stacy is an amazing player,” Thompson said on the official LPGA Tour website.

“I knew she could make a run at me anytime during that round. When she made the two shot swing on me, I think on number 12, it brought it back to all squared. I knew I had to make birdies on top of her because she gets on a roll and she doesn’t stop. She’s an amazing player and played great today.”

Ryu So-Yeon was another two shots adrift while world number Park In-Bee was alone in fourth and that also earned her the LPGA Player of the Year honours for 2013.

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