Lexi Thompson: Took control with three birdies after the turn
Lexi Thompson clinched the second title of her career as she cruised to a four-shot victory at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.
The American teenager overcame a nervy start to her final round to close with a composed two-under 69 and hold off last week's Reignwood Classic winner Shanshan Feng.
The 18-year-old started the day with a three-shot lead, but she bogeyed the second while Feng birdied the first and sixth holes to close within three of the leader.
Halfway pace-setter Il-hee Lee got within one of playing-partner Thompson with birdies at six and seven before she gave a shot back at the eighth.
But Thompson then took firm control of the tournament when she started the inward half with three straight birdies, while Lee fell out of contention with bogeys at 13 and 14 and Feng was unable to pile the pressure on Thompson as she reeled off nine pars in a row.
Feng's birdie at 16 was matched moments later by Thompson, who could afford a second bogey of the day at the next before closing with a cast-iron par at the last to finish on 19 under.
"Words can't even describe the feeling I have right now," Thompson said. "It's sort of like a re-run from Navistar (her previous win in 2011), just having that feeling walking up to the 18th green, embracing the fans and just knowing you have the win under your belt.
"It means so much, especially to get it here in Malaysia. It took a little longer (to get a second win) than I thought. But it's the top players in the world here, so it's not easy.
"Every tournament you have to shoot super low and you have to have your A game, and that's what I had this week."
Feng, who eagled the last to snatch victory last week, birdied 18 to cap an error-free 67 and earn outright second ahead of Lee (73) and world No 2 Suzann Pettersen who returned an erratic one-under 71 to close on 12 under.