Washington - US star Lexi Thompson won her eighth career
LPGA title Sunday, firing a six-under par 65 to capture the Kingsmill
Championship by five strokes for her first victory of 2017.
Thompson had appeared set to win a major title last month at
the ANA Inspiration before a television viewer using slow-motion replay
discovered a violation, resulting in a day-late application of a four-stroke
punishment that led to her eventual loss in a playoff.
That prompted a rule change too late to help Thompson, who fought
through the heartache and admitted Sunday's triumph at Williamsburg, Virginia,
carried extra special meaning because of how she lost last month at Rancho
"Oh it really does," Thompson said. "It has
really been tough the past few months. I've been working so hard for
Thompson sky dived to her pro-am tee time on Wednesday and
was flying high all week, finishing 72 holes in a tournament record 20-under
par 264 to defeat South Korean Chun In-Gee by five strokes for her first Kingsmill
"I just felt really confident coming into the
week," Thompson said. "I knew I had put in the work."
Supportive spectators helped her set aside the sting of her
"It truly means the world, just to have this amount of
people at this event, cheering me on, giving me high fives," she said.
"It means a lot."
Thompson matched the lowest final round of her career and
her first and second rounds with a 65, making this her sixth career event with
four rounds in the 60s.
Thompson made only two bogeys on the week, both at the par-3
17th. She began the last round with a three-stroke edge and went bogey-free,
birdies to open and close the front nine plus at the par-5 third and 15 and the
par-4 12th and 14th.
American Angela Stanford was third on 273, one stroke ahead
of compatriot Danielle Kang with South Korea's Kim Sei-Young and Spain's
Carlota Ciganda sharing fifth on 275.
World number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand held onto her spot
atop the rankings by sharing 10th on 277 despite a final-round 73.
Second-ranked Ryu So-Yeon of South Korea also shared 10th
while the other rival who could have overtaken Ko, Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn,
shared 19th on 280.
Ariya needed at least a top-seven effort and a poor showing
by Ko to claim number one while Ryu would have needed a fourth-place finish to
dethrone the Kiwi after her top-10 effort.
Leading scores after Sunday's final round of the LPGA Kingsmill Championship at Williamsburg, Virginia (par-71, USA unless noted):
264 - Lexi Thompson 65-65-69-65
269 - Chun In-Gee (KOR) 69-66-67-67
273 - Angela Stanford 70-66-71-66
274 - Danielle Kang 72-65-69-68
275 - Carlota Ciganda (ESP) 69-68-71-67, Kim Sei-Young (KOR) 69-69-66-71
276 - Ryann O'Toole 70-67-70-69, Gerina Piller 66-67-74-69, Madelene Sagstrom (SWE) 70-68-68-70
277 - Lydia Ko (NZL) 67-67-70-73, Suzann Pettersen (NOR) 69-70-71-67, Ryu So-Yeon (KOR) 70-67-72-68, Feng Shanshan (CHN) 69-67-70-71, Min-Jee Lee (AUS) 68-69-67-73
279 - Thidapa Suwannapura (THA) 71-69-70-69, Moriya Jutanugarn (THA) 68-70-72-69, Anna Nordqvist (SWE) 70-71-68-70, Brooke Henderson (CAN) 70-70-69-70
280 - Hur Mi-Jung (KOR) 71-69-71-69, Ariya Jutanugarn (THA) 72-67-70-71, Brittany Lang 70-69-70-71, Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras (THA) 73-65-71-71, Karine Icher (FRA) 68-70-69-73
281 - Holly Clyburn (ENG) 72-69-73-67, Brittany Altomare 70-69-74-68, Tiffany Joh 71-71-69-70, Marina Alex 70-70-71-70, Lee Mi-Rim (KOR) 69-71-71-70, Jacqui Concolino 68-71-71-71, Austin Ernst 69-68-73-71, Brittany Lincicome 66-70-73-72