By: Global Golf Post
Lexi’s back. After a scrappy summer where she was more worried about her mother’s health than her scores (Judy Thompson underwent treatment for uterine cancer in late June), Lexi Thompson finally put three near-perfect rounds together and all but ran away with her second victory of the season, a win that was projected to moved her back to No. 2 in the world within striking distance of No. 1-ranked So Yeon Ryu.
Thompson captured this one the wy she’s won almost all her titles: prodigious length coupled with deft wedges and confident putts. Her speed on the humpy-bumpy Pete Dye greens at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course was perfect all week but especially in the final round, during which she made six birdies and never hit a bad putt. She began the final round tied with Lydia Ko at 15 under but took a one-shot lead with a birdie at the par-4 ninth, a hole with a ridiculously rolling green. Thompson got close to the pin because she was hitting wedge. Ko couldn’t get closer than 20 feet hitting a longer iron.
Another birdie at the par-5 10th gave Thompson a two-shot cushion. She extended it to three when Ko, whose ball-striking was brilliant all week, made a mess with her wedges on the 11th and carded a double bogey. A 20-footer for birdie by Thompson at the 13th followed by another birdie at the par-5 14th put this one out of reach. Even a pulled 3-wood into the water at 16 didn’t cost her. She made bogey and kept the lead at three. Another birdie at the last put an exclamation point on an emphatic victory.
With the season’s final major, the Evian Championship, this week followed by the Asia swing, it’s great to see the best players at their best. Thompson, Ko, and Ryu are at the top of their games; Sung Hyun Park, In Gee Chun and Stacey Lewis are making charges. It’ll be fun to watch this final stretch.
Driver: KING F7+ Black (9 degrees, weight forward)
Shaft: Fujikura SIX (X-Flex)
3-wood: KING LTD in Lexi Blue (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD GP 6S
Hybrid: Cobra Fly-Z Black (18 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Green NV 85S Hybrid
Irons: Cobra S2 Forged irons (3, 6-PW)
Shafts: Project X 5.0
Wedges: Cobra Tour Trusty Chrome (47, 50, 55, 60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S200
Putter: Bettinardi Queen B #6
Ball: Bridgestone B330S
Republished with permission by Global Golf Post.