Lexi Thompson Wins 2013 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

Lexi Thompson (click to enlarge)

At a time when 16-year old Lydia Ko of New Zealand is petitioning the LPGA, the youth movement on tour continued at the 2013 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with 18-year old American star Lexi Thompson capturing her 2nd LPGA title. Lexi was consistently brilliant in Kuala Lumpur, finishing as the only player in the 60s all four rounds. She finished at 19-under, good enough to deny 2nd place Shanshan Feng her second straight tour victory by 4 shots. Although Thompson bogeyed 2 and 17, she managed to sandwich 4 birdies in between the bogeys for a 2-under 69 (par is 71 here). Oddly enough, because her first win, at the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic, came as a non-member, she received the tradition first win Rolex watch following this victory.

Lexi Thompson, Rolex “First Time” (lol) winner (click to enlarge)

Today is Lexi’s day, but I did mention Lydia Ko in the opening for a reason. The youth brigade on the LPGA tour is a great sign of things to come. Lexi’s win at Navistar in 2011 set a record for youngest LPGA winner, until Lydia Ko broke that record at the 2012 Canadian Women’s Open. Lydia is 16. Lexi is 18. This could be a rivalry in the making once both are on tour full time. But it’s not just them. American Jessica Korda is poised for greatness at only 20 years old. Before she injured her shoulder, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand looked on the brink of winning an LPGA tournament, playing limited events. 17-year old Ariya had already won on the Ladies European Tour. Another 17-year old, Solheim standout Charley Hull of England, is making a play to join the LPGA. She looks like the real deal. This doesn’t even count the great 21 to 25 year olds with wins this year like Inbee Park (25), Jiyai Shin (25),  Jennifer Johnson (22), Ilhee Lee (24) and Shanshan Feng (24). They are ushering in a golden age of youth and vitality on tour.

Kiss of a Champion (click to enlarge)

Although I have made the case of a great youth movement on tour, I must also speak not only to the age of the players I listed, but also to their level of maturity. Specifically, I’d like to focus on this tournament’s winner, Lexi Thompson. She plays with passion and intensity, but never seems to forget to act with the comportment of a seasoned veteran. Actually, I have seen veterans have their fits on the course. Lexi plays with class, carrying herself as a credit to the tour. Nobody is perfect, but if Lexi continues to have success the LPGA could do a lot worse than to have her as the face of the tour one day.

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LEXI THOMPSON

Lexi congratulated by Jessica Korda and Stacy Lewis

with low amateur, Michelle Koh

SANDRA GAL

MORGAN PRESSEL

PORNANONG PHATLUM

JODI EWART SHADOFF

ANNA NORDQVIST

MICHELLE WIE

SO YEON RYU

HEE YOUNG PARK

PAULA CREAMER

MAMIKO HIGA

ILHEE LEE

SHANSHAN FENG

SUZANN PETTERSEN

IN KYUNG KIM

CHELLA CHOI

CAROLINE HEDWALL

SUN YOUNG YOO

STACY LEWIS

Pos Start Player ToPar Thru Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Earnings
1 1 USA
-19 F -2 67 63 66 69 265 $300,000
2 T3 CHN
-15 F -4 67 65 70 67 269 $186,577
T3 T3 NOR
-12 F -1 67 68 67 70 272 $120,026
T3 2 KOR
-12 F +2 64 65 70 73 272 $120,026
5 T18 KOR
-10 F -5 72 62 74 66 274 $84,274
T6 T28 DEU
-8 F -5 69 70 71 66 276 $50,394
T6 T22 KOR
-8 F -4 72 66 71 67 276 $50,394
T6 T13 USA
-8 F -2 67 71 69 69 276 $50,394
T6 T13 USA
-8 F -2 69 68 70 69 276 $50,394
T6 T13 ESP
-8 F -2 66 71 70 69 276 $50,394
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T6 T5 FRA
-8 F +1 70 66 68 72 276 $50,394
T12 T28 USA
-7 F -4 68 72 70 67 277 $33,573
T12 T18 USA
-7 F -2 71 66 71 69 277 $33,573
T12 T11 KOR
-7 F E 69 67 70 71 277 $33,573
T15 T38 KOR
-6 F -5 76 68 68 66 278 $26,763
T15 T18 USA
-6 F -1 66 67 75 70 278 $26,763
T15 T7 THA
-6 F +2 71 66 68 73 278 $26,763
T15 T7 KOR
-6 F +2 70 65 70 73 278 $26,763
T15 T5 SWE
-6 F +3 68 71 65 74 278 $26,763
T20 T22 SWE
-5 F -1 68 69 72 70 279 $22,677
T20 T7 ENG
-5 F +3 66 70 69 74 279 $22,677
T20 T7 KOR
-5 F +3 67 66 72 74 279 $22,677
T23 T31 ESP
-3 F -1 71 69 71 70 281 $20,260
T23 T22 KOR
-3 F +1 70 68 71 72 281 $20,260
T23 T13 USA
-3 F +3 70 66 71 74 281 $20,260
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T26 T43 USA
-2 F -3 68 70 76 68 282 $17,059
T26 T38 KOR
-2 F -1 71 66 75 70 282 $17,059
T26 T31 USA
-2 F E 69 69 73 71 282 $17,059
T26 T22 USA
-2 F +2 71 70 68 73 282 $17,059
T26 T22 ESP
-2 F +2 72 68 69 73 282 $17,059
T26 T11 USA
-2 F +5 65 71 70 76 282 $17,059
T32 T31 AUS
-1 F +1 74 68 69 72 283 $13,918
T32 T31 KOR
-1 F +1 66 72 73 72 283 $13,918
T32 T28 KOR
-1 F +2 70 71 69 73 283 $13,918
T32 T22 JPN
-1 F +3 68 66 75 74 283 $13,918
T36 T40 USA
E F E 67 72 74 71 284 $12,054
T36 T31 JPN
E F +2 69 71 71 73 284 $12,054
T36 T13 DEU
E F +6 67 70 70 77 284 $12,054
T39 T43 USA
+1 F E 71 72 71 71 285 $10,827
T39 T43 JPN
+1 F E 72 69 73 71 285 $10,827
T41 T48 AUS
+2 F E 71 72 72 71 286 $10,011
T41 T31 KOR
+2 F +4 70 69 72 75 286 $10,011
T43 T48 KOR
+3 F +1 72 71 72 72 287 $9,193
T43 T31 TPE
+3 F +5 70 71 70 76 287 $9,193
T45 T51 ENG
+4 F E 73 72 72 71 288 $8,070
T45 T51 USA
+4 F E 70 74 73 71 288 $8,070
T45 T48 USA
+4 F +2 75 70 70 73 288 $8,070
T45 T43 SWE
+4 F +3 70 69 75 74 288 $8,070
T45 T18 USA
+4 F +9 67 68 73 80 288 $8,070
T50 T56 USA
+5 F E 73 76 69 71 289 $7,048
T50 T40 USA
+5 F +5 68 72 73 76 289 $7,048
T52 T59 NLD
+6 F E 76 71 72 71 290 $6,435
T52 T59 KOR
+6 F E 72 73 74 71 290 $6,435
T52 T51 PHL
+6 F +2 76 72 69 73 290 $6,435
T52 T51 KOR
+6 F +2 74 70 73 73 290 $6,435
T56 T51 THA
+7 F +3 74 71 72 74 291 $5,720
T56 T43 TPE
+7 F +6 70 71 73 77 291 $5,720
T56 T40 KOR
+7 F +7 72 70 71 78 291 $5,720
59 T56 COL
+8 F +3 73 70 75 74 292 $5,313
60 T62 MYS
+10 F +3 70 76 74 74 294
T61 T62 PRY
+11 F +4 69 73 78 75 295 $5,057
T61 T56 USA
+11 F +6 69 72 77 77 295 $5,057
63 T62 CHN
+12 F +5 74 71 75 76 296
T64 66 JPN
+13 F +2 76 71 77 73 297 $4,852
T64 65 ITA
+13 F +4 71 77 74 75 297 $4,852
66 T59 TPE
+16 F +10 71 72 76 81 300 $4,700
67 67 MYS
+25 F +13 74 77 74 84 309 $4,596
T68 70 MYS
+26 F +3 86 73 77 74 310 $4,444
T68 68 MYS
+26 F +8 77 71 83 79 310 $4,444
70 69 USA
+27 F +7 76 78 79 78 311 $4,290
71 71 SCT
+28 F +1 77 87 76 72 312 $4,188
72 72 TPE
+52 F +13 82 87 83 84 336

LPGA 2013 WINNERS (number in parentheses are career official LPGA victories)

Dates Tournament Location Winner
Feb 14-17 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Australia Australia South Korea Jiyai Shin (11)
Feb 21-24 Honda LPGA Thailand Thailand Thailand South Korea Inbee Park (4)
Feb 28-Mar 3 HSBC Women’s Champions Singapore Singapore United States Stacy Lewis (6)
Mar 14-17 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup United States Arizona United States Stacy Lewis (7)
Mar 21-24 Kia Classic United States California Spain Beatriz Recari (2)
Apr 4-7 Kraft Nabisco Championship United States California South Korea Inbee Park (5)
Apr 17-20 LPGA Lotte Championship United States Hawaii Norway Suzann Pettersen (11)
Apr 25-28 North Texas LPGA Shootout United States Texas South Korea Inbee Park (6)
May 2-5 Kingsmill Championship United States Virginia United States Cristie Kerr (16)
May 16-19 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic United States Alabama United States Jennifer Johnson (1)
May 23-26 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic The Bahamas Bahamas South Korea Ilhee Lee (1)
May 31-Jun 2 ShopRite LPGA Classic United States New Jersey Australia Karrie Webb (39)
Jun 6-9 Wegmans LPGA Championship United States New York South Korea Inbee Park (7)
Jun 21-23 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship United States Arkansas South Korea Inbee Park (8)
Jun 27-30 U.S. Women’s Open United States New York South Korea Inbee Park (9)
Jul 11-14 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Canada Ontario South Korea Hee-Young Park (2)
Jul 18-21 Marathon Classic United States Ohio Spain Beatriz Recari (3)
Aug 1-4 Ricoh Women’s British Open Scotland Scotland United States Stacy Lewis (8)
Aug 16-18 Solheim Cup United States Colorado European Union Europe
Aug 22-25 CN Canadian Women’s Open Canada Alberta New Zealand Lydia Ko (2) (a)
Aug 29-Sep 1 Safeway Classic United States Oregon Norway Suzann Pettersen (12)
Sep 12-15 The Evian Championship France France Norway Suzann Pettersen (13)
Oct 3-6 Reignwood LPGA Classic China China China Shanshan Feng (2)
Oct 10-13 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia United States Lexi Thompson (2)

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