Lexi Thompson Wins 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship

Lexi Thompson (click to enlarge)

Now that was impressive. For the last 7 months or so, I have been banging the drum to herald the ascension of Lexi Thompson as the near future best female golfer on the planet. Another step was taken towards that fruition as the 19-year old romped to victory at the first Major of the LPGA season, the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship. Along the way, Lexi turned a highly anticipated battle with Michelle Wie into a rout. Thompson was nearly flawless, never allowing Michelle, or anybody else, into contention. Her tee shots were long and accurate. Her approach shots peppered the pins. Even her putting, considered the weakest part of her game, was true on this day. She doesn’t have to be the best putter in the world to win. So long as she maintains the level she had closing the door on the field in the final round going forward, she will be difficult for anybody to handle.

Lexi tees off on hole 1 (click to enlarge)

Lexi meant business from the opening hole, birdying to reach -11, one shot ahead of Michelle. Thompson’s only slight wobble was on the second hole where she found rough off the tee, on her second shot and the back rough around the green on her third shot. But it was a par 5 and a good chip allowed her to get in range to save par. She’d go on to birdie the fourth, fifth and ninth holes to get to 14-under. Meanwhile, Michelle just wasn’t moving much. She had a birdie and two bogies on the front 9, having problems holding the green with some of her approach shots. By the turn she trailed by 5 shots and had even let Se Ri Pak back into contention for 2nd place. The killer miss was a pushed par putt attempt on the eighth hole. At that point Lexi was at 13-under while Michelle and Se Ri were tied at 9-under. Once Lexi nailed a 10-foot birdie putt on 9 to get to 14-under and a 5 shot lead, it felt over. It was over. Michelle needed to pull her driver more than she did on the back 9. She needed to take some risks to win. But it seemed like she had a strategy not to lose. It was time to risk losing big to win big. Lexi played the final nine holes at even par, while Michelle could only make up 2 shots, never getting closer that 3 strokes.

Lexi takes the Poppie’s Pond plunge (click to enlarge)

There are a lot of great young players, including Michelle Wie, that could make a lot of noise in the coming years. Lydia Ko, Jessica Korda, Charley Hull and Ariya Jutanugarn are all potential superstars of the sport. But I have maintained that Lexi is a near future world #1 and it sure feels like the future is getting close to being the present. I’m not saying Lexi will hold the top spot unchallenged or even for an unbroken duration. But she will be there with the other challengers. And when all the trophies are counted at the end of everybody’s career, she might be the best of them all.

 

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TOP 4 (and ties)

1 LEXI THOMPSON (-14)

with her parents

2 MICHELLE WIE (-11)

3 STACY LEWIS (-7)

T4 SE RI PAK (-6)

T4 CRISTIE KERR (-6)

 

…AND SELECTED PICS FROM THE REST OF THE FIELD

T24 MINJEE LEE (E, low amateur)

T7 CHARLEY HULL (-4)

Pos Start
Start
Proj
Player ToPar Thru Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Earnings
1 T1 12 5 USA
-14 F -4 73 64 69 68 274 $300,000
2 T1 15 7 USA
-11 F -1 67 71 68 71 277 $187,584
3 T9 4 2 USA
-7 F -3 73 70 69 69 281 $136,079
T4 T5 25 17 USA
-6 F E 69 70 71 72 282 $94,998
T4 T3 27 18 KOR
-6 F +2 67 70 71 74 282 $94,998
6 T7 35 T29 CHN
-5 F E 66 73 72 72 283 $69,323
T7 T9 29 23 USA
-4 F E 74 69 69 72 284 $51,522
T7 T9 5 6 ESP
-4 F E 72 70 70 72 284 $51,522
T7 T3 T126 56 ENG
-4 F +4 73 69 66 76 284 $51,522
10 T9 14 14 KOR
-3 F +1 68 73 71 73 285 $41,594
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T11 T34 T41 32 DEU
-2 F -3 73 72 72 69 286 $33,911
T11 T19 11 13 USA
-2 F -1 70 70 75 71 286 $33,911
T11 T15 1 1 AUS
-2 F +1 73 70 70 73 286 $33,911
T11 T9 13 15 USA
-2 F +2 77 65 70 74 286 $33,911
T11 T5 30 27 SCT
-2 F +4 72 68 70 76 286 $33,911
T16 T27 T41 34 KOR
-1 F -1 72 72 72 71 287 $24,289
T16 T19 56 T42 USA
-1 F E 70 75 70 72 287 $24,289
T16 T19 T78 53 USA
-1 F E 74 69 72 72 287 $24,289
T16 T19 19 20 KOR
-1 F E 72 71 72 72 287 $24,289
T16 18 2 3 SWE
-1 F +1 71 69 74 73 287 $24,289
T16 T15 T126 T80 KOR
-1 F +2 71 75 67 74 287 $24,289
T16 T9 T126 T80 KOR
-1 F +3 69 73 70 75 287 $24,289
T16 T7 8 10 KOR
-1 F +4 70 72 69 76 287 $24,289
T24 T34 7 9 USA
E F -1 73 73 71 71 288 $20,335
T24 T27 AUS
E F E 75 68 73 72 288
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T26 T19 CAN
+1 F +2 77 68 70 74 289
T26 T19 28 28 KOR
+1 F +2 72 72 71 74 289 $19,257
T26 T15 16 16 KOR
+1 F +4 71 72 70 76 289 $19,257
T29 T47 T126 T93 USA
+2 F -1 75 74 70 71 290
T29 T47 T45 T38 ITA
+2 F -1 73 74 72 71 290 $17,125
T29 T27 24 26 KOR
+2 F +2 74 73 69 74 290 $17,125
T29 T27 6 8 NZL
+2 F +2 73 70 73 74 290 $17,125
T29 T19 60 48 USA
+2 F +3 73 68 74 75 290 $17,125
T34 T57 3 4 USA
+3 F -1 72 74 74 71 291 $14,583
T34 T47 23 25 DEU
+3 F E 72 70 77 72 291 $14,583
T34 T45 T53 47 COL
+3 F +1 72 72 74 73 291 $14,583
T34 T27 51 46 SWE
+3 F +3 73 74 69 75 291 $14,583
38 T34 9 11 KOR
+4 F +3 74 70 73 75 292 $13,146
T39 T47 89 64 KOR
+5 F +2 74 73 72 74 293 $11,180
T39 T47 47 T42 ENG
+5 F +2 76 70 73 74 293 $11,180
T39 T34 20 22 KOR
+5 F +4 74 73 70 76 293 $11,180
T39 T34 101 73 USA
+5 F +4 73 74 70 76 293 $11,180
T39 T34 T45 41 THA
+5 F +4 73 72 72 76 293 $11,180
T39 T27 38 35 THA
+5 F +5 74 74 68 77 293 $11,180
T39 T27 17 19 THA
+5 F +5 71 73 72 77 293 $11,180
T46 T47 18 21 FRA
+6 F +3 75 72 72 75 294 $8,909
T46 T47 USA
+6 F +3 73 73 73 75 294
T46 T47 T126 108 KOR
+6 F +3 76 69 74 75 294 $8,909
T46 T34 75 62 KOR
+6 F +5 78 69 70 77 294 $8,909
T46 T34 21 24 KOR
+6 F +5 70 72 75 77 294 $8,909
T51 T59 AUS
+7 F +2 74 74 73 74 295
T51 T45 T94 T78 USA
+7 F +5 71 73 74 77 295 $7,805
T51 T34 99 83 USA
+7 F +6 71 74 72 78 295 $7,805
T51 T19 T64 58 KOR
+7 F +8 70 74 71 80 295 $7,805
T55 T67 32 33 KOR
+8 F +1 74 74 75 73 296 $6,881
T55 T67 58 57 NLD
+8 F +1 73 72 78 73 296 $6,881
T55 T34 34 36 KOR
+8 F +7 74 72 71 79 296 $6,881
T55 T34 T126 T117 KOR
+8 F +7 73 73 71 79 296 $6,881
T59 T72 49 51 USA
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T61 T63 T73 T70 USA
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T61 T59 T126 T124 KOR
+10 F +5 75 70 76 77 298 $5,751
T61 T59 71 68 ESP
+10 F +5 73 69 79 77 298 $5,751
T64 T63 39 45 JPN
+11 F +5 75 72 75 77 299 $5,170
T64 T59 36 40 SWE
+11 F +6 71 74 76 78 299 $5,170
T64 T47 T126 T127 USA
+11 F +8 76 70 73 80 299 $5,170
T67 T72 50 55 USA
+12 F +3 76 72 77 75 300 $4,775
T67 T70 66 T70 JPN
+12 F +4 77 71 76 76 300 $4,775
T67 T67 62 65 KOR
+12 F +5 75 73 75 77 300 $4,775
T67 T47 T126 T131 PHL
+12 F +9 69 74 76 81 300 $4,775
T71 T70 40 49 NLD
+13 F +5 75 74 75 77 301 $4,468
T71 T57 59 66 TPE
+13 F +9 74 70 76 81 301 $4,468
73 T63 USA
+14 F +8 68 79 75 80 302
Players below this line have missed the cut.
CUT T109 T114 ZAF
+6 79 71 150
CUT 48 54 USA
+6 77 73 150
CUT 122 T131 USA
+6 77 73 150
CUT T69 T76 THA
+6 77 73 150
CUT 43 50 JPN
+6 76 74 150
CUT 55 61 USA
+6 74 76 150
CUT 44 52 USA
+6 74 76 150
CUT 10 12 USA
+6 73 77 150
CUT T119 T127 COL
+7 81 70 151
CUT T73 T80 AUS
+7 80 71 151
CUT 26 31 PRY
+7 78 73 151
CUT T126 T139 SWE
+7 78 73 151
CUT 63 69 KOR
+7 78 73 151
CUT USA
+7 78 73 151
CUT T106 T111 KOR
+7 77 74 151
CUT 57 63 DNK
+7 76 75 151
CUT 33 T38 TPE
+7 75 76 151
CUT 72 T78 JPN
+7 74 77 151
CUT T69 T76 CAN
+8 80 72 152
CUT T126 T139 KOR
+8 79 73 152
CUT T126 T139 USA
+8 77 75 152
CUT T126 T139 USA
+8 76 76 152
CUT 52 59 KOR
+8 76 76 152
CUT 61 67 USA
+9 78 75 153
CUT T91 T98 AUS
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CUT 121 130 USA
+9 75 78 153
CUT T126 T139 JPN
+10 78 76 154
CUT USA
+10 76 78 154
CUT 37 44 USA
+11 78 77 155
CUT USA
+11 77 78 155
CUT T126 T139 USA
+12 79 77 156
CUT 31 37 USA
+12 76 80 156
CUT USA
+13 81 76 157
CUT T126 T139 SWE
+13 76 81 157
CUT T126 T139 KOR
+14 78 80 158
CUT T97 T103 ESP
+15 81 78 159
CUT T126 T139 USA
+18 81 81 162
CUT T117 T124 USA
+19 80 83 163

 

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2 thoughts on “Lexi Thompson Wins 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship

  1. A winning monster may have been created this weekend.
    6ft tall built accordingly loads of talent.
    Thanks for the Stacy pics I know she is not the most beloved.
    Let me know if you receive this.
    Thanks

    • Sorry, my friend. I forgot to reply earlier this week. I like Stacy a lot. I’d love to see her, Lexi, Michelle, Paula, Jessica and a few others lead the way to great American success on tour over the next decade.

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