Apr
7
2014
Lexi Thompson wins first major title at Kraft
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA
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Lexi celebrates with her caddie in Poppie’s Pond

Lexi Thompson shot a final-round, four-under 68 for a 72-hole total of 14-under to capture the Kraft Nabisco Championship by three shots for the first major of her career. The 19-year-old outplayed Michelle Wie, who was the runner-up.

“It’s just a dream come true,” Thompson said.

Lexi rolled in four birdies on the front to open a five-shot lead heading into the final nine.

“This is what I’ve worked so hard for,” Thompson said. “This was one of my goals coming into the year, to win a major. I’ve always seen myself winning a Kraft Nabisco. It’s such a huge honor with all the history behind the tournament.”

Wie tried to fight back on the back, making three birdies and a bogey, but it wasn’t enough.

“I stuck with my game plan and I think it was the right play,” Wie said. “Who knows? In hindsight you would do something here or do something there, make a putt there. That’s the way golf is. I just couldn’t get anything going today.”

Unfortunately, I was traveling, so I missed the final round, but hats off to Lexi on a great win.  I’m also going to say something I probably shouldn’t (though I know I’m not alone) — I was rooting for Michelle today, like, really, really hard.

It’s great to have a young American win the first major of the year, but Lexi doesn’t move the needle like Michelle does. Michelle and the LPGA could have truly used the victory as the start of something else greater, but I guess it just wasn’t meant to be. I mean, I think Wie winning would have gotten an LPGA player on the cover of Golf Digest. Just saying.

(Photo: Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY Sports)