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Teen sensation makes history in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - American teen Alexis Thompson was simply sensational on the back nine of Saturday’s final round as she won the Dubai Ladies Masters by four shots to become the youngest professional winner on the Ladies European Tour.

At the par-72 Majlis Course of Emirates Golf Club, the 16-year-old made five birdies in her last 10 holes to close with a five-under par round of 67 and a tournament total of 15-under par 273.

South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace, winner of the Ladies European Tour Money List last year, finished second at 11-under par 277.

Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson parred every hole before making a birdie on the 18th hole to break out of a four-way tie at nine-under par and take sole third place at 10-under par 278.

Thompson, who made history earlier this year by becoming the youngest ever player to win on the LPGA Tour, broke the record of South African Ashleigh Simon, who won the 2008 Catalonia Ladies Masters at the age of 18 years and 37 days.

But she is still not the youngest winner on the Ladies European Tour - that honor belongs to Korean Amy Yang, who won the ANZ Ladies Masters in New Zealand in 2006 aged 16 years and 192 days as an amateur.
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