Dec
15
2011
Thompson Strides Clear in Dubai
By Conor Nagle under LPGA

Deep Blue: Thompson was in imperious form on Thursday.

Teenage phenom Lexi Thompson is two ahead of the chasing pack at the halfway mark of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters after carding a flawless 66 in Thursday’s second round.

The 16-year-old, whose youth and power (driving average: 275 yards) have made her an immediate hit with spectators this week, is bidding to become the second-youngest winner in Ladies’ European Tour history (after Amy Yang, who was also 16 when she claimed the 2006 ANZ Ladies Masters).

Thompson’s nearest challengers, all-round class act Sophie Gustafson– who’s over twice the leader’s age!– and Italy’s Margherita Rigon, both lie on six-under-par, a shot shot ahead of Becky Morgan and Julieta Grenada.

Michelle Wie, who is among a group of players tied on four-under-par, recovered impressively from a poor opening round (73) to shoot 67 and remain on the periphery of contention.

Conor Nagle