x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

'Steady' as teenage Lexi Thompson goes at Dubai Ladies Masters

The 16-year-old golfer from the United States leads by two shots and Michelle Wie, her compatriot, stages a comeback, too.

At 16, Lexi Thompson is the youngest LPGA Tour winner.
At 16, Lexi Thompson is the youngest LPGA Tour winner.

DUBAI // Lexi Thompson, the American teenager, has a two-shot lead after the second round of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters and is looking to become the second youngest winner on the European Tour.

The 16 year old, who is the youngest LPGA Tour winner, strung together six birdies on her way to a bogey-free six-under 66 and a total of 138 for the tournament.

The Florida youngster, who was tied for 16th after the first day, got her short game working yesterday and said: "I played steady and my game was pretty consistent as I hit a few more putts and my approaches were a bit closer [to the pin]."

Sweden's Sophie Gustafson (67) and Margherita Rigon of Italy (68) were two shots back.

Michelle Wie climbed back into contention, shooting a five-under 67. The 22-year-old American bounced back from an opening 73 with a bogey-free round in which she sank several key birdie putts, including a 30-footer on the 12th. She had five birdies overall, including four on the back nine for a total of 140.

"I made a couple more putts, and I have two more days to try and shoot some more low scores," Wie said. "I'm still in contention, and going to go out there tomorrow, shoot another low round."

Gustafson who is at 138, said: "I was striking the ball very well so it feels good."

It was, however, a day to forget for Britain's Laura Davies, who stumbled to 12-over par and missed the cut, which fell at three-over par, along with 2008 Dubai Ladies Masters winner Anja Monke (eight over) and France's Gwladys Nocera (four over).

The youngest winner on the Ladies European Tour is Amy Yang, who was 16 years, 192 days when she took the ANZ Ladies Masters title in 2006.