Lexi Thompson wins first LPGA major, edging Michelle Wie

Lexi Thompson takes the traditional leap into Poppie’s Pond for winners at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, formerly known as the Dinah Shore.

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Lexi Thompson takes the traditional leap into Poppie’s Pond for winners at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, formerly known as the Dinah Shore.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Lexi Thompson left Michelle Wie behind Sunday — off the tee and on the leaderboard in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Thompson, 19, beat Wie into Poppie's Pond, too, capping the breakthrough major victory with the traditional victory leap into the water near the 18th green.

"It's just a dream come true," Thompson said.

Thompson shot bogey-free 4-under 68 for a three-stroke win. She birdied four of the first nine holes to open a five-stroke lead and parred the final nine.

"This is what I've worked so hard for," Thompson said. "This was one of my goals coming into the year, to win a major. I've always seen myself winning a Kraft Nabisco. It's such a huge honor with all the history behind the tournament."

Wie (71) used her driver only four times, choosing fairway metal on the other 10 driving holes — leaving her as much as 60 yards behind Thompson. When both hit 3-woods, Thompson also had the advantage.

"I stuck with my game plan and I think it was the right play," Wie said. "Who knows? In hindsight you would do something here or do something there, make a putt there."

Thompson became the second-youngest major winner in LPGA Tour history at 19 years, 1 month, 27 days. Morgan Pressel set the record in 2007 at Mission Hills at 18 years, 10 months, 9 days.

Thompson finished at 14-under 274 for her fourth LPGA victory. She had a tournament-best 64 Friday and shot 69 Saturday to tie for the lead with Wie at 10 under. The 6-foot Coral Springs native had only one bogey — when she missed a 3-footer on the par-5 18th Saturday — in her last 55 holes.

"You have to hit it in the fairway and, if you miss it, just miss it small," Thompson said.

Wie, 24, made her 12th start in the event. She was ninth in 2003 at age 13, fourth the following year and tied for third at 16 in 2006.

"I thought I played okay," Wie said. "…I think I needed to really come back with a lot of birdies and I think it got to a point where I just tried too hard. But I'm just proud of myself for how the week went."

PGA: Matt Jones told his caddie he was about to make a 42-yard chip-in on the first playoff hole at the Houston Open. The Australian did just that, earning his first PGA Tour win and earning a ticket to this week's Masters.

Jones, who began the final round six shots off the lead, shot 66 and ended up at 15-under 273 in Humble, Texas, to force a playoff with Matt Kuchar, who bogeyed the final hole of regulation.

"Going to Augusta is amazing," said Jones, 33. "The win means everything to me right now because that's what we play for is to win. To have Augusta as a reward for that win is amazing."

Lexi Thompson wins first LPGA major, edging Michelle Wie 04/06/14 [Last modified: Sunday, April 6, 2014 11:04pm]

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