News & Multimedia

Thompson Wins Inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim

Since 1956, every winner of the Indianapolis 500 has taken a swig of ice-cold milk in Victory Lane, one of the most venerated traditions in sports.

Today, the first female athlete joined that tradition. And to Lexi Thompson, milk has never tasted so good.

With a lights-out 19-under 197 at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, Lexi Thompson captured the inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim by four strokes over Lydia Ko and became the first LPGA player to enjoy the milk tradition of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“I'm very happy that it was me,” said Thompson, who also gave the traditional kiss to the 110-year-old yard of bricks that lines the track’s finish line. “It was such a great week overall and it was a huge honor to be here in Indiana to be able to kiss those bricks. Definitely a memory that I'll never forget.”

Thompson spent most of Saturday’s final round in cruise control, draining six birdies to two bogeys in her 4-under 68. She carried a four-stroke lead over Ko to No. 16, where her wayward drive found the water and temporarily put a stop to Thompson’s momentum.

But even that bogey was not enough to stop the 22-year-old from South Florida. With the Red Bull logo on her hat matching the logo on the Speedway’s Corvette Stingray pace car, Thompson birdied the reachable par-4 18th to capture her ninth career LPGA victory and don the champion’s wreath bestowed upon all winners at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

And that pace car? Thompson got behind the wheel for a victory lap around the famed 2.5-mile oval, reaching a top speed of 122 mph.

“I haven't tried it at home, but now I can say I did,” said Thompson, who is projected to move to World No. 2 with the victory.

As for Ko, while Saturday may not have ended in victory, it was certainly a breakthrough week for the young New Zealander. With her runner-up finish, Ko returned her best result since finishing T2 at April’s LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey. It was also her first top-10 finish since mid-June.

“I just wasn't putting as well as I did the last few days and that makes a huge difference,” said Ko, who seems to be rounding into shape just in time for next week’s Evian Championship, the season’s final major. “When you're in the final round, final group, you kind of want those putts to drop and unfortunately that wasn't happening for me.”

Minjee Lee finished third for the final podium spot, punctuating her final round with an eagle-3 at No. 14 and finishing at 13-under 202.

LPGA rookie Olafia Kristinsdottir, the first Tour’s player from Iceland, chipped in for eagle at No. 18 to cap Saturday’s 4-under 68 and take solo fourth at 14-under 203. It is the first top-10 finish of her young LPGA career, besting her T13 showing at the 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open.

“It's really exciting,” said Kristinsdottir of her career-best finish. “I have goals and this will get me closer to those goals, so that's really good for me.”

Candie Kung, who started Saturday’s final round just one stroke off the lead, shot a 2-over 74 on Saturday and finished tied for fifth at 12-under 204, along with Haeji Kang, Lizette Salas, Brooke Henderson and Ashleigh Buhai. Moriya Jutanugarn rounded out the top 10 at 11-under 205.

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Lexi Thompson
 
Thompson Wins Inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim
With a lights-out 19-under 197 at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, Lexi Thompson captured the inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim by four strokes over Lydia Ko and became the first LPGA player to enjoy the milk tradition of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Related Media
Roger Penske, Tim Cindric
 
Cindric Still Revels in Learning Every Day from Masterful, Tireless Penske
The reality of where Cindric stands today, as Team Penske prepares four of the best race contenders for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, is still somewhat unbelievable for the team president to grasp.
Read More
Trevor Carlin
 
Carlin Team Ahead of Schedule with Strong Start to First Month of May
Trevor Carlin imagined this dream for years, and now that he’s in the final stages of preparing his first two cars for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, the 55-year-old British team owner admits the experience has exceeded his expectations.
Read More
Yoshihide Muroya
 
Reigning World Champion Muroya Flying for Hat Trick of Wins at Home
Expect a frenzy of “Yoshi Mania” when the Red Bull Air Race comes to Chiba, Japan, for the fourth year in a row May 26-27, as Yoshihide Muroya flies in his first home race since being crowned World Champion last October at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While the country’s super fans go wild, Muroya’s opponents will go all-out to deny him a third consecutive home win.
Read More
Alice Hanks
 
Widow of 1957 Winner Hanks Treasures Return Trip to Indianapolis Every May
Still spry and engaging at 91 and marking the 71st anniversary of her baptism into racing with a visit to IMS last week, Alice remembers the details of her first experience like it was yesterday.
Read More
Jon McLaughlin
 
Indiana Native McLaughlin Returning to IMS To Sing 'God Bless America' at '500'
Indiana-born singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin will sing “God Bless America” during pre-race ceremonies for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27, a patriotic tradition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 3,045