Lexi Thompson is youngest winner on two tours now



DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Lexi Thompson is now the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour.

The 16-year-old Thompson shot 5-under-par 67 on Saturday to win the Dubai Ladies Masters, becoming the youngest professional winner on that side of the Atlantic.

Thompson pulled away from Lee-Anne Pace, of South Africa, to win by four strokes for her second professional victory. In September, she became the youngest winner of an LPGA tournament at the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama.

“It feels amazing,” Thompson said. “I’m just honored they invited me back and I’m just grateful to be here.”

Thompson’s father, Scott, said he wanted to relish his daughter’s second victory.

“The first one wasn’t a fluke,” said Scott Thompson, who is his daughter’s caddie. “She has won again now. That is the great thing. The first one people may say she is lucky for the week. But she won again, so it kind of validates it.”


ASIAN TOUR: In Bangkok, Masters Tournament champion Charl Schwartzel cut into Lee Westwood’s huge lead with his second consecutive 6-under-par 66 in the Thailand Golf Championship.

Westwood, who led by 11 strokes at the halfway stage, now has a four-shot lead after shooting 73 in the third round.

Schwartzel had four consecutive birdies starting on the second hole, and was within three shots of the lead heading to the 18th hole, but he made bogey to give Westwood some breathing room.

Westwood’s total of 197 for three rounds left him at 19-under. Schwartzel is at 201.

PGA TOUR AUSTRALASIA: In Melbourne, Australia, Geoff Ogilvy took a two-stroke lead in the Australian Masters after shooting 8-under-par 63 in the third round.

Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champion, is at 13-under 200.

Ian Poulter, the leader after each of the first two rounds, was second after 69.

Nathan Green (67) and Ashley Hall (68) are 9-under.

Greg Chalmers topped a group at 7-under after 67.