Golf: Teen Thompson ends title drought with Malaysia win

Golf: Teen Thompson ends title drought with Malaysia win
Lexi Thompson of the US waves during the final round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2013 golf tournament at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur on October 13, 2013.

KUALA LUMPUR - American teenager Lexi Thompson ended a two-year winless streak when she won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia by a record four strokes on Sunday.

The 18-year-old, whose only previous victory on the tour was at the Navistar LPGA Classic in 2011, overcame an early blip before romping home to victory in the US$2 million (S$2.49 million) event.

She bogeyed the second hole, but recovered with birdies on the 10th, 11th, 12th and 16th holes before dropping a shot on the 17th to finish on 19-under 265.

"Having that feeling walking up to the 18th green, embracing the fans and just knowing you have the win under your belt. It means so much, especially here in Malaysia," said Thompson, who has gone winless for 43 tournaments since her 2011 title.

"I've worked so hard since Navistar, just working on my game, improving on my short game and just going in to try to win every tournament.

"It took a while longer than I thought (to get the second win) and to win it here with all the top players, it wasn't easy."

Thompson started the day with a three-stroke lead ahead of South Korea's Lee Il-Hee, but that was slashed to one by the seventh hole.

Lee, however, added bogeys on the ninth, 13th and 14th holes in an error-strewn round that undid her earlier good work which saw her take the lead in the first two days.

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