Lexi Thompson - winner of the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship
Rancho Mirage, California - 19 year old Lexi Thompson started the final round of the 1st major
championship of 2014 in strong fashion - she made birdie at the first, and never trailed at any
point of the final round. The South Florida phenom shot 68 Sunday at Mission Hills, beating
Michelle Wie by three strokes at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Wie played solid shooting 71,
but chose a much more conservative strategy than Thompson, often hitting less than driver on
many of the par 4's at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course.
The much anticipated battle of young bombers never really materialized, Wie seemed content to
play a disciplined style, plotting her way around . . . while Lexi choose the more modern bomb and
gouge. Wie now 24, played the role of savvy veteran - perhaps waiting for the young phenom to
have a train wreck somewhere along the way. The contrast in strategy showed itself clearly on the
tough par 3 seventeenth - playing 189 yards to a pin tucked back left, Wie bailed right choosing not
shortside herself (when she needed birdie). Lexi holding a 3 shot advantage, chose to go right at the
tucked flag, and pulled off the best shot of the day on that hole (which nobody birdied the entire day).
She lipped out the 6 foot birdie putt, but it was clearly a difference in strategy and confidence . . . or
maybe just the ignorance of youth. Either way, it was fitting that the teenager from Coral Springs would
get her first major playing against Michelle Wie - who was the child prodigy before her.
“It’s a great feeling. This is what I’ve worked so hard for,” Thompson said. “This was one of my goals
coming into the year, to win a major. I’ve always seen myself winning a Kraft Nabisco. It’s such a huge
honor with all the history behind the tournament. It’s just a dream come true.”
Lexi Thompson -14
Michelle Wie -11
Stacy Lewis -7
Christie Kerr -6
Se Ri Pak -6
Final Scores: http://www.lpgascoring.com/public/Leaderboard.aspx
Aussie Matt Jones - 2014 Shell Houston Champion
Humble, Texas - Matt Jones needed two unlikely and heroic shots to get to Magnolia Lane for
this weeks Masters, and he pulled them off. The first a 46 foot putt on the last hole of regulation.
The second was a 42 yard chip on the 1st hole (of a sudden death playoff with Matt Kuchar) that
he told his caddie, "I'm going to chip it in". He did just that, and with it became the champion of
the Shell Houston Open earning his right to play in the Masters.
Jones trailed 54 hole leader Matt Kuchar by six heading into Sunday's final round, but his 66 was
enough to tie at the end of regulation when Kuchar rinsed his approach into the 18th green. Kuchar
took his drop and made a clutch bogey save just to get into the playoff, but Jones' heroics were just
too much to overcome on this day. Now instead of heading home, he gets to drive down Magnolia Lane.
“I was going home to play with my 2-year-old and 3-week-old,” Jones said of his pre-victory
plans for Masters week. “So, bit of a change now that I think they’ll be on a plane to Augusta
*Matt Jones -15
Matt Kuchar -15
Sergio Garcia -13
Cameron Tringale -12
Shawn Stefani -10
Final Scores: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html