Lexi Thompson posted a final-round 4-under par 67 to finish at 12-under 201 to win the Shoprite LPGA Classic.
The 24-year old American finished her final day in New Jersey with 12 pars, five birdies, and a final-hole eagle to edge Jeongeun Lee6 by one stroke.
“I got chills; like my hair on my arms was like sticking up once I made that putt,” said Thompson of her eagle at No. 18.
“I hit a 3-wood off the tee because I didn’t hit driver all day today just to keep my 3-wood lower in the wind, and I hit it in the left rough and I kind of had a little sketchy lie so I knew it was going to jump.
“And then it was blowing 30 miles per hour downwind, and I had 190 to the front, 200 pin, and it’s crazy to think about all the numbers that we were thinking about, but we were like, land it 30 yards short, so 160, and then with a jumper lie and then the wind I ended up hitting a pitching wedge, which is my 135 club, from 190.
“Ended up, I guess, landing 50 yards short and rolling up there.”
Lee6 appeared headed for her victory but three late bogeys on Nos. 13-15 cost her a second title.
Ally McDonald carded a final-day 70 to finish alone in third at 9-under par, two shots clear of Anna Nordqvist (69).
“I was very resilient. I mean, a 1- under score doesn’t maybe say resilience, but just the conditions as a whole, I think you could ask everybody who played today, the wind was brutal,” said McDonald.
The win was the 11th of Thompson’s young LPGA career, and the first of the 2019 season – marking the seventh straight season with a win (the longest active streak).
She earned $262,500 for the victory, which moves her over the $1 million mark for the season ($1,002,175).
1. Lexi Thompson -12
2. Jeongeun Lee6 -11
3. Ally McDonald -9
4. Anna Nordqvist -7
5. Mariah Stackhouse -6
5. Yu Liu -6
5. Ariya Jutanugarn -6
“Yeah, it means the world to me to get this win here. I made my pro debut here in 2010 coming into the tournament with a NASCAR, and it was so many great memories, making my pro debut here.
“I didn’t play great the first year I was here. Haven’t had too many successes here, honestly, and to come out this year, I knew I was playing well coming into the event, and I always know that it can get very windy out there, so it’s all a matter of just controlling your ball flight, really playing for the bounce-out, and being calm on those greens because even though it’s that windy, it can affect putts, as well.
“Just to get this win here, there’s a lot of great memories, not only 2010 but now 2019.”
– Lexi Thompson