Dec
16
2011
No Change at the Top in Dubai
By Conor Nagle under LPGA

Thompson is on track to notch her second victory as a professional.

Annoyingly precocious teen Lexi Thompson will take a one-shot lead into tomorrow’s final round of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

The 16-year-old birdied the final hole of the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club to retain sole possession of the overnight lead and card a comparatively modest round 70, enough for a three-round aggregate score of 10-under-par.

“I hit it pretty well. I just left a few putts out there, but you know, a lot of girls are in contention, so it’s going to be a great day, ” said Thompson.

“Sure, I will be a bit nervous tomorrow…who won’t be? But hopefully, I will keep my focus, take it one hole at a time and win this. If I do, it will be very cool.”

Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson, alone in second place, has been impressed by what she’s seen from the American.

“Obviously, Alexis is going to be hard to beat, but I think if I can keep playing well, then I think I have a good chance,” said the long-hitting Swede.

“I think the only way she does remind me of myself is her power. I wasn’t anywhere close to being as accurate as she is when I was 16.”

If Thompson manages to capture her second professional title tomorrow, she’ll become the second-youngest winner in LET history.

Michelle Wie lies on the periphery of contention, a full five shots back of the lead.

Conor Nagle