American Lexi Thompson became the youngest champion in the LPGA's 61-year history, the 16-year-old prodigy firing a two-under par 70 on Sunday to capture the Navistar Classic by five strokes.
Lexi Thompson after her victory at the LPGA Classic in Alabama yesterday. Pic/AFP
Thompson, who is seven months and eight days beyond her 16th birthday, finished 72 holes on 17-under par 271 at the $1.3 million event to defeat compatriot Tiffany Joh by five shots and American Angela Stanford by six.
"I knew I was going for the record but I was focussing on the golf course and doing my best," Thompson said. "I was nervous on the first tee but I had a lot of fun out here."
American Marlene Hagge won the 18-hole Sarasota Open in 1952 just two weeks past her 18th birthday to become what had been the youngest LPGA champion.