In her third straight appearance at the QBE Shootout Lexi Thompson put in yet another solid performance alongside her team-mate Tony Finau to finish solo 7th.

Thompson, playing in her third straight Shootout as the lone female golfer in the field, posted a 61 with Finau on Friday to sit two strokes off the lead, and the pair managed to make a late flurry of birdies on Sunday to finish at 23-under, seven shots behind Brian Harman and Patton Kizzire, who won the unofficial PGA Tour event.

Related: How Lexi came through one of the most underappreciated battles in golf history

Much had been made of Thompson’s game and the potential disadvantage she would face having to play from the same tees as the PGA Tour players, but on Saturday, Thompson – who is one of the longest hitters on the LPGA Tour with an average driving distance of 272 yards – outdrove Charley Hoffman on the 18th.

“We were on 18. All day Charley was probably outdriving Lexi by 10, 15 yards,” Finau explained.

“Finally get on 18 and Lexi and Charley pound one down there. Charley just walks past Lexi’s ball as if, ‘Hey, I already know I outdrove her.’ I kind of yell at him, ‘Charley, do you want me to pick your ball up?’ I was standing by Lexi’s ball, and he starts rushing his ball. He looks back and just starts shaking his head. That was quite a funny exchange.”

Asked if she’ll be back next year with Finau, Thompson replied: “We’ll have to see!”

Parker makes appearance on KLPGA

Ji Young Park edged out So Young Lee at the Hyosung Championship as the LPGA of Korea Tour kicked off its 2019 season in Vietnam.

Park was able to get up-and-down from left of the green on 18 for birdie to run out a one-shot winner.

England’s Florentyna Parker was also in the field, finishing tied for 36th. Parker will also play in next week’s China Women’s Open in Xiamen.

Alex Perry


Alex is a Devonian who enjoys wittering on about his south west roots, Alex moved north to join NCG after more than a decade in London, the last five of which were with ESPN. Away from golf, Alex follows Torquay United and spends too much time playing his PlayStation or his guitar and not enough time practising his short game.

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