Teenage prodigy Alexis Thompson provided a rare glimpse into her precocious talent when she won the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters by four strokes to become the youngest professional to win tournaments on both sides of the Atlantic at the Emirates Golf Club.
Already the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour, Thompson closed with a brilliant 67 to go 15 under for the tournament, beating her closest challenger by Lee-Anne Pace, who signed off with a 69. The South African briefly threatened the young American when she established a one-shot lead after the seventh hole, but it turned out to be an illusion.
Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum, Director General, Dubai Department of Information, presenting the winner's trophy to Alexis Thompson as Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of 'golf in DUBAi', looks on Alexis Thompson plays an approach shot
Thompson brilliantly chipped in on the ninth for a birdie to regain the lead and thereafter it was the all "Alexis Thompson show." The supremely-gifted American, who at one stage led by five shots, stood on the 18th with a three-shot cushion, but she was in no mood to relent. A birdie on the closing hole sealed an emphatic win, her second since turning professional in June last year.
At 16 years, 10 month and seven days, Thompson broke the record of South African Ashleigh Simon, who won the 2008 Catalonia Ladies Masters, aged 18 years and 37 days. South Korean Amy Yang was 16 years and 192 days old when she won the ANZ Ladies Masters in New Zealand in 2006, but she was an amateur at that time.