Held annually at Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course the start of each year is the prestigious Honda LGPA golf tournament.
It is one of the highlights of the women’s golfing calendar and around 70 golfers from more than 19 countries compete. The event is also broadcasted to 30 countries around the world throughout the four days of the tournament.
Lexi Thompson raised the champ’s trophy at the Honda LPGA Thailand 2016 played at the Siam Country Club Old Course from 25 February through 28 February. This denoted the tenth commemoration of the occasion which has been held at a similar location since 2009. The competition included some incredible golf on an extraordinary course over the four days. The solid field highlighted 9 of the main 10 positioned women golfers on the planet who originated from around the world including South Korea, Japan, Australia, China, Spain, Taipei, Sweden, South Africa, Germany, France and obviously Thailand.
The undeniable star was Lexi Thompson who set the pace with an opening round of 64 – which wound up being the equivalent low round of the competition. In the second round, Lexi could just deal with a level standard 72 and at the midway check she was in a three way tie at the highest point of the leaderboard with Q Baek and Jessica Korda. In the third round be that as it may, Lexi concluded that she loved checking a round of 64 so much that she did it again and raged to a 4 shot lead heading into the last round.
Playing in the last group, with Ms Thompson and defending champion Amy Yang, In Gee Chun of South Korea made a valiant endeavor to catch Lexi opening her last round with three straight birdies before slipping up and making a bogey on the fourth. She would enter the back 9 trailing by only 2 shots and it appeared as though we may be in for an exciting completion. Ms Thompson had different thoughts and smoothly made an eagle on the par 5 10’th extending her lead by 3 as In Gee couldn’t keep pace with her ferocious play.
The par 4 11’th hole was a defining moment, In Gee burnt her approach shot through the back of the green and was confronted with a troublesome up and down to save par. She made what appeared to be a saving chip, however missed the short putt to drop a shot and fall back to 4 shots behind.
Over the last 7 openings Lexi did not drop a shot and figured out how to get a further birdie on the par 4 15’th. In Gee had an exciting ride in the last 7 holes. Her last par of the day came on the par 3 12’th and over her last 6 holes she turned in 3 birdies, 2 intruder and one double on the par 4 17’th. At last Lexi Thompson won by 6 strokes over runner up In Ge Chun, and in this manner secured her 7’th triumph on the LPGA tour.
Not to be overlooked, Jessica Korda fired an amazing 64 of her own to climb 8 spaces completing equivalent third with defending champion Amy Yang, a total of 7 shots off the pace.
That was how the 2016 tournament was played out, many golfing fans will be descending on Pattaya once more between the dates of 23rd February – 26th February to see how this year’s event matches up.