Lexi Thompson Wins the Meijer LPGA Classic
Lexi Thompson hadn’t won a golf tournament for a while. To be sure, there were no serious concerns that her game was in decline. But it had been well over a year since she had tasted victory.
On Sunday, Thompson reminded golf enthusiasts why she is one of the most celebrated players of recent years, coming from four shots off the pace to win the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft.
Thompson closed with a rush, with a 6-under par 65 to finish the 72 holes at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Michigan at 18-under par 266 and claim her fifth LPGA win. With the RICOH Women’s British Open coming up this week the field wasn’t as strong as would normally have been the case, but the fact of the matter is that Thompson shot four rounds in the 60s; 69-64-68-65.
The only other player to do so was Gerina Piller, who closed with a 64 and finished one shot back at 267 along with Lizette Salas, who was four shots clear of the field when the day began; her closing 70 wasn’t quite enough to hold of Thompson’s charge.
“Really the whole day I was just trying to play my own game,” Thompson said. “I actually said when I was on I think 10, my goal was to get it to 20 under. I didn’t get it up to that. I was just trying to focus on my own game, focus on my preshot routine and having fun in between shots and I think that’s what helped me shoot six under today.”
Thompson did a lot of offseason work prior to the start of the 2015 season; on Sunday she reaped the rewards of those efforts. “I worked very hard in my off season on certain things in my golf game and I knew if I was just patient with it. I had been working on the mental side of the game with John Denny down in south Florida and that has helped me out tremendously just to relax and have fun instead of just grinding 24/7 on the golf course. It’s helped me out a lot. I knew it was coming. I was just trying to be patient.”
Piller is still looking for her first career win but she took a lot of positives away from the week. “Obviously good golf fixes a lot of things. You know, just coming out here and just giving myself a chance to win, I’ve never won before, so that’s a success in my own book. I just keep doing what I’m doing … the rest will take care of itself.”