Sep 10th, 2017

Lexi Thompson wins Indy Women In Tech

Cruises to victory then goes mad with milk...

Lexi Thompson won her 9th LPGA title at the inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship, beating Lydia Ko by four shots.

Lexi Thompson wins Indy Women In Tech

Untroubled after cruising to victory, Lexi challenged eveyone to 15 laps of the Indy track...

Lexi shot a four-under-par 68 to finish on -19 under, with New Zealand's overnight leader Lydia Ko carding a disappointing level par 72 in Indianapolis.

This week sees the completion of the 2017 ladies' majors with The Evian Championship in Evian, France, which starts on Thursday.

Lexi Thompson wins Indy Women In TechAnd after winning the 17 mile race, Lexi promptly poured milk on her head for some reason...

Actually, there's a very good freason for Lexi to throw milk all over herself: Since 1956, every winner of the Indianapolis 500 has taken a swig of ice-cold milk in Victory Lane, one of the most venerated traditions in sports. And the tournament was in Indianapolis and they like to connect the dots here so, what was a girl to do?

“I'm very happy that it was me,” said Lexi, who also gave the traditional kiss to the bricks that line the track’s finish line. “It was such a great week overall and it was a huge honor to be here in Indiana to be able to kiss those bricks. Definitely a memory that I'll never forget.”

Lexi Thompson wins Indy Women In TechLexi spent most of Saturday’s final round in cruise control, draining six birdies and carding two bogeys in her -4 round of 68. She carried a four-stroke lead over Ko to the 16th, where her wayward drive found the water and temporarily put a stop to Lexi’s momentum.

Watch Lexi's victory and celebrations here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vv4RFSO7hU

"It's a big confidence booster going into the last major of the year," said Lexi.

Ko stumbled on the back nine with a double bogey at the par-four 11th hole at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis.

Lexi Thompson wins Indy Women In Tech

It's a no-go for Ko as she struggles to make an impact in the last round 

 

But even Lexi's bogey on 16 was not enough to stop the 22-year-old from South Florida. With the Red Bull logo on her hat matching the logo on the Speedway’s Corvette Stingray pace car, Lexi birdied the reachable par-4 18th to capture her ninth career LPGA victory and don the champion’s wreath bestowed upon all winners at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Lexi Thompson wins Indy Women In TechLexi got behind the wheel for a victory lap around the famed 2.5-mile oval, reaching a top speed of 122 mph.

“I haven't tried it at home, but now I can say I did,” said Lexi, who is projected to move to World No. 2 with the victory.

As for Ko, while Saturday may not have ended in victory, it was certainly a breakthrough week for the young New Zealander. With her runner-up finish, Ko returned her best result since finishing T2 at April’s LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey. It was also her first top-10 finish since mid-June.

Lexi Thompson wins Indy Women In Tech"I could get used to this 3-day tournament caper..."

Australian Minjee Lee was one shot further back in third, while England's Mel Reid and Holly Clyburn finished in a share of 30th on six under.

The three-day, 54-hole event was a new tournament this year. It was shortened to 54 holes with a Saturday finish to help alleviate travel concerns for LPGA pros planning to play the last major championship of the year, the tour announced Tuesday.

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Lexi Thompson wins Indy Women In Tech

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