Stacy Lewis Holds Off Lexi Thompson For Second LPGA Win

MOBILE, AL - APRIL 29: Stacy Lewis celebrates winning the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic at the Crossings Course at the Robert Trent Jones Trail at Magnolia Grove on April 29, 2012 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

In a race between two young American golfers, teen phenom Lexi Thompson ran a close second to Stacy Lewis in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.

Stacy Lewis two-putted for par from 30 feet on the 18th hole to earn her second LPGA Tour win and hold off a hard-charging Lexi Thompson at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic on Sunday.

Lewis, a major titleholder whose other tour victory came at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship, entered Sunday’s final round with a two-shot lead over Brittany Lincicome and was five-up on Thompson. She grew her pace-setting position to five shots over the field at one point in Sunday’s finale, but gave it away briefly with a water-logged bogey at the par-4 15th.

At the same time, Thompson was making a run and pulled into a share of the lead with a birdie at the par-5 16th, her fourth birdie of the back nine. Lewis, however, made sure that glimmer of hope was short-lived, as she birdied the 16th and made par on the closing two holes to secure a three-under 69 and a one-shot, 17-under triumph over the 17-year-old rookie.

"I'm glad I didn't need a playoff or anything because I was exhausted,” Lewis told reporters after a tap-in that ensured there would be no extra frames.

Thompson, who continues to show maturity beyond her years, put last year’s final-round collapse in the rear-view by matching a career-best 65 on Sunday.

“I became more consistent with my ball striking [this week] and then yeah, I had a few putts that I dropped,” said Thompson, who missed the cut in her last tourney and has struggled to get her game in gear in her first year as a tour member. “I felt so much more confident over my putts, so, you know, that's a big thing in golf.”

Thompson, who went on to become the youngest golfer to win a tour event at the Navistar LPGA Classic in September, had victory in sight at last year’s tourney in Mobile until a back-nine meltdown led to a 78 and a tie for 19th. She said the experience was good for her game.

“I wouldn't take last year's Sunday round back for anything because I learned so much from that,” said Thompson. “Then I went and won at Navistar, so I knew what not to do and how to prepare for it, so it was a big learning experience for me. I wouldn't take back that experience for anything.”

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