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Golf Australia Express : Issue 20
WOMEN’S GOLF’S next big thing won again. And again by plenty. Teenage sensation Lexi Thompson’s four-shot win at the Dubai Ladies Masters will have tongues wagging heading in to the 2012 season. The 16-year-old American closed the LET season-ending event with a final round 5-under 67 and 15-under tournament total at the Emirates Golf Club. The win made Thompson the youngest professional winner on the LET, having secured the same title on the LPGA in September when she won the Navistar Classic. “It feels amazing,” Thompson said on Saturday. “I’m just honoured they invited me back and I’m just grateful to be here. I’ve been working on my game really hard and it has paid off.” South African Lee-Anne Pace was runner-up at 11-under and Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson was a further shot back in third place at -10. Thompson moved inside the world top 40 rankings and claimed €75,000 for the win. Aussies will see Thompson in action at Royal Melbourne in the New Year when she tees it up at the Women’s Australian Open in February. OTG IT’S PRETTY hard to amaze yourself let alone your peers. But that’s exactly what Lee Westwood did on his way to a seven shot win at the Thailand Golf Championship. “I’ve amazed myself really,” Westwood told reporters on Sunday. “It’s been staggering. It’s probably the best I’ve ever played.” It was a startling statement from the Englishman, who climbed back up to No.2 in the world with the win at Amata Spring Country Club. The victory was set up with an amazing first round 12-under 60, followed by an 8-under 64 on Friday, giving him an 11-shot lead at 20-under the card heading into the weekend. From there the 38-year-old cruised home, finishing the event at 22-under and well clear of closest challenger, Charl Schwartzel. The reigning Masters champion from South Africa shot an impressive 7-under 66 in the third round to close the gap to four-shots heading into the final day, but could only manage an even-par final round. He finished at 15-under. American Michael Thompson was one-shot further back in third place at 14-under. Westwood earned US$158,500 for the win. OTG WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE LET TOUR WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE ASIAN TOUR WRAP QUICK WRAP QUICK FINAL STANDINGS 1 LEXI THOMPSON USA -15 € 75,000 2 LEE-ANNE PACE RSA -11 € 50,750 3 SOPHIE GUSTAFSON SWE -10 € 35,000 T4 BECKY MORGAN WAL -9 € 21,900 T4 STACY LEE BREGMAN RSA -9 € 21,900 T4 PERNILLA LINDBERG SWE -9 € 21,900 T7 ALISON WALSHE USA -7 € 13,750 T7 JULIETA GRANADA PAR -7 € 13,750 T9 GEORGINA SIMPSON ENG -6 € 10,133 T9 FLORENTYNA PARKER ENG -6 € 10,133 T9 CAROLINE HEDWALL SWE -6 € 10,133 LEXI: FAR FROM SHEIKY WIN LEE ‘AMAZING’ IN THAILAND FINAL STANDINGS 1 LEE WESTWOOD ENG -22 $158,500 2 CHARL SCHWARTZEL RSA -15 $108,500 3 MICHAEL THOMPSON USA -14 $61,000 T4 SIMON DYSON ENG -12 $45,150 T4 CHAWALIT PLAPHOL THA -12 $45,150 T6 GUIDO VAN DER VALK NED -9 $31,500 T6 DAISUKE MARUYAMA JPN -9 $31,500 T8 ALEX CEJKA GER -8 $25,100 T9 TETSUJI HIRATSUKA JPN -7 $20,850 T9 JEEV MIKHA SINGH IND -7 $20,850