Floridian Lexi Thompson can finally answer the question as to whether the water is sweeter in her hometown of Coral Springs or in Rancho Mirage at the heart of the Palm Springs Valley. The young pro golfer toasted her Kraft Nabisco Championship win on Sunday, April 6, with the customary victory plunge into Poppie’s Pond adjacent to the 18th green of the Mission Hills Country Club.
The 19-year-old blonde and blue-eyed beauty won over Michelle Wie by only three shots, finishing 14 under par for the first LPGA major of 2014. It was her first win in a major, and her fourth LPGA Tour win. She’s the second-youngest winner—after 2007 champ Morgan Pressel, who was 18—in the KNC’s history.
I was there to see it all happened before my eyes, of course. The day was a spectacular one—warm and with barely a wind. While the game was less than tense—Thompson was leading big-time coming onto the back nine—it was still exhilarating to see her take that final flying leap, accompanied not only by her proud parents, Scott and Judy, but by caddie Benji Thompson, agent Bobby Kreusler, and CEO of Cobra/Puma Bob Philion. So, as every year, the KNC was, as they say, a family affair. I, for one, already can’t wait for 2015!