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Teen Thompson wins maiden LPGA major at Kraft Nabisco

(Reuters) - Teenager Lexi Thompson became the second youngest winner of an LPGA major when she emphatically outplayed Michelle Wie at the $2 million Kraft Nabisco Championship to triumph by three strokes on Sunday. Thompson, who turned 19 in February, and Wie were both child prodigies at different times and many fans of women's golf were hoping for a compelling heavyweight final round duel at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California.

Golf: LPGA welcomes 16-year-old Ko as member

New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko has been granted full membership on the US LPGA Tour starting in 2014, commissioner Michael Whan said Monday. Whan said he had reviewed Ko's petition and agreed to waive the usual requirement that players must be 18 years old to gain full member status. "This decision ensures that Lydia can attend all of our LPGA rookie development sessions that take place in the early part of the year," Whan said.

Golf: Lexi's brother backs 'mature' Ko after pro move

Lexi Thompson's brother Nicholas Wednesday said Kiwi star Lydia Ko would shine as a professional golfer despite making the switch at the age of just 16. Ko, who has already won four professional tournaments as an amateur, announced her long-awaited decision by tweeting a YouTube clip also featuring rugby star Israel Dagg. Ko had previously planned to complete her education and go to university in the United States before taking up a professional career.

Golf: Teen Thompson ends title drought with Malaysia win

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 $2 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.

Golf: Thompson surges ahead in Malaysia

American teenager Lexi Thompson overcame a 45-minute rain delay on Saturday to grab a commanding three-shot lead at the Sime Darby LPGA golf tournament in Malaysia. The 18-year-old Thompson, who turned professional in 2010, has put herself in a good position to end her title drought as she has not won on the LPGA Tour since her maiden victory at the Navistar LPGA Classic in 2011. Thompson shot a 66 on Saturday for a three-day total of 17-under 196 to overtake South Korea's Lee Il-Hee, who led on the first two days but shot a 70 today.

New Zealand teen asks LPGA to waive membership age limit

(Reuters) - New Zealand's 16-year-old golf prodigy Lydia Ko has decided to turn professional and has asked the LPGA Tour to waive its age limit for her to become a member, the tour said on Thursday. Ko, who was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand when she was six, became the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour when she captured last year's Canadian Open at the age of 15.

Golf: Korda seizes lead at Mobile Bay LPGA

Jessica Korda had seven birdies in her seven-under par 65 on Friday to seize a one-shot second-round lead over surging Hall of Famer Karrie Webb in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. Korda built a 36-hole total of 13-under 131, while Australia's Webb climbed up the leaderboard with a bogey-free nine-under 63 for 132. Chella Choi of South Korea led much of the day, but her six-under 66 finally left her in third place on 133. Webb did all she could, grabbing four of her nine birdies in her last five holes as she closed her round with three straight birdies.

Golf: Shin pips Ko to Australian Women's Open title

South Korea's world number eight Shin Ji-Yai won the Women's Australian Open Sunday, ending two strokes clear of Taiwan's top-ranked Tseng Yani and four ahead of teen star Lydia Ko at 18-under. Shin took an early lead in the fourth and final round at the Royal Canberra Golf Club, expected to be a shot-for-shot contest with New Zealand amateur Ko, 15, who was chasing an historic second US LPGA win. But her day got off to a terrible start with a double bogey on the first hole and a bogey on the second, allowing Shin to slip to a three-shot advantage with a birdie.

Golf: Teen queen Ko in sight of sensational second win

New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko moved within sight of a historic second US LPGA win at the age of just 15 when she shot 70 to share the Women's Australian Open third round lead with Shin Ji-Yai on Saturday. Ko, who became the tour's youngest winner at last year's Canadian Women's Open, and Shin, South Korea's world number eight, opened up a commanding six-shot lead with matching three-under-par rounds at Royal Canberra Golf Club.
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