Lexi Thompson Rallies to Shoot 65, Win Meijer LPGA Classic

Lexi Thompson takes a simulated selfie with the championship trophy after winning the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft at Blythefield Country Club on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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BELMONT, Mich. (AP) -- Lexi Thompson won the Meijer LPGA Classic by a stroke Sunday, shooting a 6-under 65 and rallying from four shots back.

The 20-year-old Florida golfer won for the fifth time on the LPGA Tour. This was her first victory since she captured her first major title last year at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

She finished at 18-under 266. Gerina Piller closed with a 64 and was one shot behind. Third-round leader Lizette Salas parred the first six holes and shot a 70.

Thompson caught Salas with birdies on Nos. 1, 4, 5 and 7. Piller made five birdies on the front nine, and a birdie at No. 8 briefly tied her for the lead with Thompson and Salas.

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But Thompson, ranked seventh on the tour in average driving distance and greens in regulation, kept bombing drives, spinning wedge shots and making putts. A 6-footer for birdie off a wedge shot to a back pin on 400-yard, par-4 16th hole put her three shots in front.

Thompson created some drama when she missed the green at No. 17 and rimmed a 4-foot, par-saving putt. She caught a good bounce off a tree down the right side of No. 18 on her tee shot though, ripped a shot from the rough to the middle of the green and two-putted for the par and victory.

Piller charged and stayed close to the end. She had hit all 15 greens and was 7 under for the round when she missed the green at No. 16 with tree troubles on the left side of the par-4 hole. She made bogey for the first time. A 7-footer for birdie at No. 18 left her one shot behind.

Salas, who had three birdies and three bogeys through 16 holes, stayed in it with a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 17. But she could manage only par at No. 18.

Michigan native Kris Tamulis closed with a 68 for 269. She tied for fourth with So Yeon Ryu, who shot a 66.

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