Lexi Thompson held off US Women's Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 to capture her 11th LPGA Tour title

ShopRite LPGA Classic report: What happened at Seaview Golf Club?

Lexi Thompson earned her 11th LPGA Tour title and her first of the season in what was an action-packed final round.

The American began the concluding day two shots back of last week’s US Women’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6, who was denied back-to-back victories thanks to Lexi’s brilliant round of 4-under.

The lead changed hands several times on Sunday, with Ally McDonald also putting herself into the mix on the back-nine.

It was clear that Thompson was determined to claim her latest title this week and we saw this on Saturday afternoon after she refused to be beaten by a dreadful four-putt.

Instead, in typical Lexi fashion, she battled throughout the round to card four birdies and an eagle.

Where some may have been cautious coming up the last on Sunday, tied for the lead, the World No. 4 was not.

An aggressive second shot into the green setup a nice look for eagle, and she obliged. The putt rolled in and saw her take a two-shot lead into the clubhouse, which proved to be the winning margin.

ShopRite LPGA Classic report: What they said

While spectators at the course and watching on TV were in awe, the moment was not lost on Lexi, either.

She said, β€œI got chills; the hair on my arms was sticking up once I made that putt.”

Due to the winds and other factors such as the lie of her ball, the American hit a pitching wedge into the green from 190 yards – 135 is usually her number for that club…

The conditions were tough for Saturday’s penultimate round and even more so on Sunday thanks to the increased wind speeds.

Lexi had a game plan which she stuck to throughout:

β€œIt was just a matter of trusting my shots out there, really committing to my lines and just keeping it below the wind… I just tried to stay patient.”

Final round highlights can be found below.

ShopRite LPGA Classic report: Talking points

There was some big news this week for England’s Georgia Hall, who was named in the Queen’s birthday honours list and awarded an MBE.

At the age of just 23, Hall has already achieved more than a lot will in an entire career, with the highlight being her win at last year’s British Open.


Hall became just the third Briton to win the title since it gained major status, adding her name to a list that contains Karen Stupples and Catriona Matthew.

Aside from her own performances on the course, she is a great role model of young players, particularly in Britain.

Read more from Hall here.

Joe Hughes

Tour editor covering men's golf, women's golf and anything else that involves the word golf, really. The talk is far better than the game, but the work has begun to change that.

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