Date: December 19, 2011
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Lexi becomes LET’s youngest ever winner

Courtesy: LadiesEuropeanTour.com American Lexi Thompson, 16, became the youngest professional golfer to win on the Ladies European Tour when she captured the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters by four shots at Emirates Golf Club. Aged 16 years, 10 months, 8 days, she became the second youngest ever Ladies European Tour event winner after South Korean Amy Yang, who was aged 16 years, 6 months, 8 days, when she won the ANZ Ladies Masters in Australia as an amateur, in 2006. Thompson, born on February 9, 1995, claimed her second professional title just three months after winning the Navistar LPGA Classic on that Tour. Thompson closed with a five under par 67 for a 15 under total of 273 to become the first ever American winner of the title in the six-year history of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, in which she tied for 22nd place on her tournament debut 12 months earlier. She said: It feels amazing. I feel really honoured that they invited me back and grateful to be here. I ve been working on my game really hard and it s paid off. I m going to continue working hard and just trying to improve every tournament. Wearing her traditional final round colour of blue and adorned in good-luck ladybirds, she started the day one shot clear of the field but lost her lead to Lee-Anne Pace after seven holes. The South African was red-hot with two birdies and an eagle in her first six holes and although Thompson birdied the second and the third, she lost her lead after a bogey on the seventh. However, Thompson, who qualified to play in the US Women’s Open as a 12-year-old, chipped in for birdie at the par-four ninth hole to regain her one stroke advantage and played sensational golf on the back nine. She birdied the 10th, 13th and 14th to gain a five stroke lead after Pace dropped shots at the eighth and the 12th holes. Her second blemish was a three-putt bogey on 17 and there was a two-shot swing when Pace made birdie, reducing the gap to three strokes, but no nerves were visible as Thompson played the par-five 18th. She played her second shot safely in front of the lake before flicking a wedge to three feet and making the birdie putt. The chip-in was definitely really important, but the whole day my whole goal was to get it to 15-under. That was my goal, but once she made the birdie and the eagle, I knew I had to play my game, make a lot of birdies, so I just kept on going strong and hoping for the best, Thompson said. Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, Emirates Golf Club December 14-17, 2011 Final scores: 273 – Alexis Thompson (USA) 70 66 70 67 277 – Lee-Anne Pace (SA) 69 72 67 69 278 – Sophie Gustafson (SWE) 71 67 69 71 279 – Becky Morgan (WAL) 70 69 70 70, Stacy Lee Bregman (SA) 68 73 68 70, Pernilla Lindberg (SWE) 72 68 68 71 281 – Alison Walshe (USA) 70 74 68 69, Julieta Granada (PAR) 68 71 70 72 282 – Georgina Simpson (ENG) 72 70 73 67, Florentyna Parker (ENG) 72 70 71 69, Caroline Hedwall (SWE) 75 69 68 70 283 – Lydia Hall (WAL) 72 74 69 68, Christel Boeljon (NL) 69 72 73 69, Sara Brown (USA) 71 71 72 69, Margherita Rigon (ITA) 70 68 74 71, Michelle Wie (USA) 73 67 71 72 284 – Louise Larsson (SWE) 71 69 77 67, Minea Blomqvist (FIN) 68 73 75 68, Louise Stahle (SWE) 72 70 71 71, Linda Wessberg (SWE) 68 73 71 72, Carlota Ciganda (ESP) 71 72 69 72 285 – Dewi Claire Schreefel (NL) 74 69 73 69, Melissa Reid (ENG) 72 71 72 70, Lotta Wahlin (SWE) 66 74 74 71 286 – Anna Nordqvist (SWE) 75 72 68 71, Veronica Zorzi (ITA) 74 70 68 74 287 – Carmen Alonso (ESP) 73 73 70 71, Nikki Garrett (AUS) 72 75 69 71, Liebelei Elena Lawrence (LU) 70 72 70 75 288 – Tandi Cuningham (SA) 69 78 72 69, Becky Brewerton (WAL) 67 75 76 70, Sophie Giquel-Bettan (FRA) 70 74 74 70, Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) 72 72 72 72, Elisabeth Esterl (GER) 70 71 74 73, Beth Allen (USA) 69 72 72 75, Diana Luna (ITA) 69 73 71 75 289 – Rebecca Flood (AUS) 74 73 73 69, Malene Jorgensen (DEN) 72 74 72 71, Hannah Jun (USA) 73 70 72 74, Giulia Sergas (ITA) 75 69 71 74, Kylie Walker (SCO) 72 70 72 75, Maria Verchenova (RUS) 69 74 69 77 290 – Lorie Kane (CAN) 74 70 73 73, Caroline Westrup (SWE) 70 76 70 74, Carin Koch (SWE) 73 73 69 75 291 – Marianne Skarpnord (NOR) 76 70 73 72, Jaclyn Sweeney (USA) 69 74 74 74 292 – Klara Spilkova (CZE) 72 75 74 71, Christina Kim (USA) 73 74 71 74 293 – Kim Welch (USA) 73 74 74 72, Lynnette Brooky (NZ) 71 72 77 73, Sophie Sandolo (ITA) 72 73 74 74, Cassandra Kirkland (FRA) 70 76 72 75, Rebecca Codd (IRE) 73 73 72 75, Kaisa Ruuttila (FIN) 71 72 74 76, Karen Lunn (AUS) 70 73 74 76, Nontaya Srisawang (THA) 74 69 71 79 294 – Stacey Keating (AUS) 70 77 74 73, Caroline Afonso (FRA) 70 74 72 78 295 – Tania Elosegui (ESP) 73 74 73 75 296 – Jenni Kuosa (FIN) 72 75 74 75, Clare Queen (SCO) 74 70 74 78, Julie Maisongrosse (FRA) 69 76 72 79 297 – Ursula Wikstrom (FIN) 72 73 78 74, Jade Schaeffer (FRA) 74 72 75 76, Rachel Jennings (ENG) 71 76 74 76 300 – Lynn Kenny (SCO) 73 74 74 79