Lexi Thompson Wins 2013 Lorena Ochoa Invitational

Lexi Thompson (click to enlarge)

Lexi Thompson’s two previous LPGA victories, and her Ladies European Tour win for that matter, demonstrated her ability to finish the job with a comfortable margin. In the final round of the 2013 Lorena Ochoa Invitational, Lexi proved she could withstand the pressure of going head to head down the stretch against one of the best players in the world. Standing on the 12th tee, Lexi held a 3 shot lead over former world #1 Stacy Lewis. However, Lexi would bogey the par 4 12th while 2-time Major winner Stacy went on a roll, birdying 12, 13 and 14. From the 11th hole to the 15th tee, a 3 shot lead for Thompson turned into a 1 shot deficit. All the momentum was with Lewis. It looked like Stacy would steal the day from the up and coming 18-year old. Well, not so fast with the coronation. Stacy gave back a shot with a bogey on 17. With one hole to play, Lexi and Stacy were all square. It would come down to who could make a birdie putt. Thompson was away and struck first, draining her attempt. Lewis had to make hers to force a playoff. Unfortunately, she burned the edge to fall a shot short.

Lexi with tournament host, Lorena Ochoa (click to enlarge)

Lexi Thompson notches her 3rd LPGA victory, all before her 19th birthday in February. Moreover, she has 2 victories in the last two months and seems to be hitting her stride. This could be the beginning of a run to #1 for Lexi. Of course, there are players out there named Inbee, Suzann, Stacy and maybe Lydia, among others, who will have something to say about that. But at worst, having another young American to go along with Stacy Lewis fighting down the stretch for trophies is a boon for the tour. With luck that she remains healthy in her career, Lexi has maybe a good 15 years of top level play, maybe more. The next hurdle is winning a Major. Considering her massive talent, it’s a bit of a surprise that she “only” has 2 top 10s in Majors. I have to say, for all of her achievements she is still a teenager. So the paucity of Major contention is really nothing. It’s only a matter of time before Lexi starts being in the mix late on the final day of Majors. In fact, one of her top 10s was a 3rd place finish at Evian a few months ago this year. Sooner or later, she will raise a Major trophy. I’m betting on sooner.

BIRDIES

All hail the 2013 LPGA Player of the Year, Inbee Park. As far as I am concerned she was the POY regardless of what happened in the last two tournaments. Unfortunately, the point system didn’t agree. Thank goodness that whole drama is over. Inbee was and is the Player of the Year. Plain and simple. The point system needs tweaking. With all of the success that South Korean players have had on tour, it’s fitting that finally there is a Seoul Sister as LPGA Player of the Year. 박인비, 축하 해요!

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LEXI THOMPSON

STACY LEWIS

SUZANN PETTERSEN

AI MIYAZATO

MICHELLE WIE

INBEE PARK

BRITTANY LINCICOME

LIZETTE SALAS

SO YEON RYU

IN KYUNG KIM

ANNA NORDQVIST

AZAHARA MUNOZ

PORNANONG PHATLUM

JESSICA KORDA

LORENA OCHOA

Pos Start Player ToPar Thru Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Earnings
1 1 USA
-16 F -3 72 64 67 69 272 $200,000
2 3 USA
-15 F -4 72 66 67 68 273 $103,449
3 4 KOR
-13 F -3 68 67 71 69 275 $75,045
4 T7 KOR
-11 F -3 68 68 72 69 277 $58,053
T5 T7 NOR
-10 F -2 70 68 70 70 278 $42,479
T5 T5 THA
-10 F -1 66 69 72 71 278 $42,479
T7 T12 KOR
-9 F -3 67 73 70 69 279 $25,884
T7 T10 USA
-9 F -2 69 73 67 70 279 $25,884
T7 T10 ESP
-9 F -2 71 69 69 70 279 $25,884
T7 T7 USA
-9 F -1 70 67 71 71 279 $25,884
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T7 2 KOR
-9 F +3 70 67 67 75 279 $25,884
T12 T21 KOR
-8 F -6 74 68 72 66 280 $19,200
T12 T5 SWE
-8 F +1 68 67 72 73 280 $19,200
T14 T18 KOR
-7 F -4 74 66 73 68 281 $16,462
T14 T18 KOR
-7 F -4 69 69 75 68 281 $16,462
T14 T12 FRA
-7 F -1 70 68 72 71 281 $16,462
T17 T16 USA
-6 F -2 73 69 70 70 282 $14,386
T17 T12 USA
-6 F E 71 65 74 72 282 $14,386
T19 25 SWE
-5 F -4 73 73 69 68 283 $13,253
T19 T12 ESP
-5 F +1 72 69 69 73 283 $13,253
T21 T29 USA
-3 F -5 75 72 71 67 285 $11,894
T21 T26 USA
-3 F -3 77 67 72 69 285 $11,894
T21 T21 JPN
-3 F -1 70 72 72 71 285 $11,894
T21 T21 USA
-3 F -1 72 68 74 71 285 $11,894
T25 T21 ENG
-2 F E 75 67 72 72 286 $10,620
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T25 T16 USA
-2 F +2 76 67 69 74 286 $10,620
27 T18 USA
-1 F +2 73 66 74 74 287 $10,024
28 T29 USA
E F -2 74 67 77 70 288 $9,628
29 T26 SCT
+1 F +1 74 71 71 73 289 $9,232
30 T31 DEU
+2 F -2 72 74 74 70 290 $8,892
T31 T33 MEX
+5 F E 75 73 73 72 293 $8,042
T31 T33 KOR
+5 F E 74 72 75 72 293 $8,042
T31 T31 MEX
+5 F +1 75 72 73 73 293 $8,042
T31 28 USA
+5 F +4 71 72 74 76 293 $8,042
35 35 USA
+12 F +1 74 77 76 73 300 $7,250
WD ESP
+5 72 77 149

2013 LPGA TOUR WINNERS (Numbers in parentheses are official career wins)

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)
Oct 18-20 LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship South Korea South Korea South Korea Amy Yang (1)
Oct 24-27 Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship Taiwan Taiwan Norway Suzann Pettersen (14)
Nov 8-10 Mizuno Classic Japan Japan Taiwan Teresa Lu (1)
Nov 14-17 Lorena Ochoa Invitational Mexico Mexico United States Lexi Thompson (3)

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