Tracker: Thompson wins 1st major at Kraft

Lexi Thompson during the final round of the LPGA's 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie brought a two-shot lead into Sunday at the LPGA's first major of 2014, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. By the turn, though, Thompson opened up a four-shot lead while playing at a pace no other golfer in the field has bettered Sunday and hung on to win her first major title.

Wie took second, with veterans Se Ri Pak third and Stacy Lewis fourth.

Recap the highlights right here to see who will jump into Poppie's Pond – and scroll down for our previous coverage this week!

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Update No. 24: 9:09 p.m. EDT

The par-5 18th has served up plenty of drama through the years, but this time it's little more than a formality, a victory march for Lexi Thompson.

Michelle Wie notches her fourth birdie of the day to finish with a 1-under 71, good for 11 under and second place.

Thompson then takes aim at a birdie putt that misses low and left, then taps in for par and the title.

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Update No. 23: 8:54 p.m. EDT

At the par-3 17th, Michelle Wie misses well right and leader Lexi Thompson takes a little extra time to prepare for her tee shot – perhaps showing a bit of emotion that, with a three-shot lead, hitting the green could all but wrap up her first major victory. With good reason, as our Beth Ann Nichols notes via her Twitter account, @GolfweekNichols: "Lexi just having an incredible day. Playing better than anyone else in the field today. -4 through 16 on the day. Fantastic shot into 17th."

Wie pitches on and can't make the putt to get up and down, falling four back with a bogey. Thompson then takes aim at a birdie putt that just misses, but it's of no consequence.

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Update No. 22: 8:47 p.m. EDT

Make that three players better than 2 under, as Stacy Lewis ends a run of eight straight pars on the back with a birdie at the last to wrap up a 3-under 69 (her second straight) that matches Caroline Masson for the low round of the day. Lewis heads to the clubhouse in solo fourth at 7 under.

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Update No. 21: 8:37 p.m. EDT

Even as she trails by three shots with two holes to play, it's tough to fault Michelle Wie for falling behind Lexi Thompson today – Wie is one of only 10 players under par for the round. Caroline Masson's early round of 3-under 69 makes her the only player other than Thompson better than 2 under, in fact.

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Update No. 20: 8:24 p.m. EDT

Pars at the 15th leave Lexi Thompson leading Michelle Wie by three shots with three more holes to play. In the group ahead, Se Ri Pak and Charley Hull bogey the 16th to drop to 8 under and 5 under, respectively, with Pak still third and Hull dropping to T-6 alongside Cristie Kerr.

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Update No. 19: 8:10 p.m. EDT

Michelle Wie leaves a birdie try short at the 13th, but gets enough speed on another attempt at the 14th to climb to 11 under. Leader Lexi Thompson two-putts for par to remain 14 under, the margin now three strokes with four to play.

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Update No. 18: 8:01 p.m. EDT

Let's check in on how the top 10 players in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings are faring this week:

  • No. 1 Inbee Park: 38th, 4 over (in clubhouse)
  • No. 2 Stacy Lewis: T-4, 6 under (three holes to play)
  • No. 4 Lydia Ko: T-28, 2 over (in clubhouse)
  • No. 5 Shanshan Feng: T-4, 6 under (three to play)
  • No. 6 So Yeon Ryu: T-46, 6 over (in clubhouse)
  • No. 8 Paula Creamer: T-34, 3 over (in clubhouse)
  • No. 9 Anna Nordqvist: T-17, 1 under (one to play)
  • No. 10 Na Yeon Choi: T-17, 1 under (in clubhouse)

(Note: Leader Lexi Thompson is No. 24, while Michelle Wie is No. 37; No. 3 Suzann Pettersen did not play because of an injury; No. 7 Sun-Ju Ahn also did not play)

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Update No. 17: 7:47 p.m. EDT

Brooke Henderson gets greenside in two at the par-5 18th to take a run at eagle and low-amateur honors, but needs three to get in. That leaves her one back of Minjee Lee for that title.

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Update No. 16: 7:36 p.m. EDT

Michelle Wie gets back to even par as she birdies the par-5 11th and rises to 10 under, solo second and four back of leader Lexi Thompson.

Brooke Henderson misses an 8-10 footer for par at the 17th and slips a shot back of Minjee Lee in the battle for low am.

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Update No. 15: 7:24 p.m. EDT

A birdie at No. 16 lifts Brooke Henderson back into a tie with Minjee Lee in the battle for low amateur. Henderson is 1 over today and even par for the tournament, while Lee is in the clubhouse with a 72.

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Update No. 14: 7:07 p.m. EDT

Another birdie for Lexi Thompson, this one at the ninth to move to 14 under and stretch her lead to five shots over Se Ri Pak and Michelle Wie. The back nine on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course could well be a victory lap as it was last year for Inbee Park.

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Update No. 13: 6:52 p.m. EDT

MIchelle Wie takes a run at a long birdie try at the par-3 eighth, but misses just low and a bit long; her comebacker misses high and a bogey drops her to 9 under and again T-2 with Se Ri Pak. Leader Lexi Thompson two-putts for par to remain 13 under, leading by four.

Four players T-4 at 6 under: Charley Hull, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis and Azahara Munoz.

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Update No. 12: 6:43 p.m. EDT

Se Ri Pak runs her approach to the back of the green at No. 8, with the pin up front – and takes three to get down for a bogey that drops her to 9 under, four back of leader Lexi Thompson. Charley Hull, meanwhile, double bogeys No. 8 and slips to T-5 at 6 under.

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Update No. 11: 6:34 p.m. EDT

Lydia Ko closes her week with a long birdie putt for a 74 that has her finish 2 over for the tournament, good for T-30 as she heads in.

Leader Lexi Thompson pars the seventh and remains out front by three shots.

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Update No. 10: 6:22 p.m. EDT

Lexi Thompson two-putts for par at the sixth as Michelle Wie does the same, and the lead remains three for Thompson, looking for her fourth LPGA win.

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Update No. 9: 6:14 p.m. EDT

A birdie by Se Ri Pak at the sixth hole lifts her to T-2 alongside Michelle Wie at 10 under, three shots back of Lexi Thompson. Pak, of South Korea, is looking for her first win since 2010.

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Update No. 8: 6:06 p.m. EDT

Michelle Wie comes up just short with a birdie try at the par-3 fifth, while leader Lexi Thompson has given herself a short look at birdie – which she rolls into the center of the cup for a three-shot lead midway through the front nine.

Our Beth Ann Nichols sat down with the LPGA to discuss players to watch during the final round.

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Update No. 7: 5:57 p.m. EDT

Leader Lexi Thompson gives herself a chance to widen her lead, hitting her approach close at the par-4 fourth. She sinks the putt for her second birdie of the day, rising to 12 under. Meanwhile Michelle Wie faces a short par putt that she sinks to remain 10 under and solo second, with Se Ri Pak at 9 under and Charley Hull even par for the day at 8 under.

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Update No. 6: 5:52 p.m. EDT

Stacy Lewis birdies Nos. 2 and 5 to climb to 6 under, five back of leader Lexi Thompson. Lewis, an Arkansas product, won here in 2011 and also won last year's Women's British Open.

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Update No. 5: 5:43 p.m. EDT

A bogey at the third hole drops Michelle Wie to 10 under, as a par putt of about 12 feet just barely misses; Lexi Thompson then has about a 5 footer fall for her par and the solo lead at 11 under for the second time today.

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Update No. 4: 5:37 p.m. EDT

Michelle Wie quickly catches up to Lexi Thompson with a birdie at the second hole to climb to 11 under and back into a share of the lead. As our senior writer Beth Ann Nichols tweeted earlier from her account, @GolfweekNichols: "The last time Wie led a major going into Sunday was the 2006 USWO at Newport." After briefly losing a hold on that, she's back in it. Se Ri Pak remains two shots back at 9 under.

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Update No. 3: 5:23 p.m. EDT

Angela Stanford has birdied twice in her first four holes to rise to 6 under and T-5. She's looking for her first major title and her first win since the 2012 HSBC Women's Champions.

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Update No. 2: 5:14 p.m. EDT

Lexi Thompson sinks a putt for an opening birdie, pulling a shot ahead of Michelle Wie. Thompson, who won twice in 2013, is looking for her first major – as is Wie, who hasn't won since 2010.

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Update No. 1: 5:07 p.m. EDT

As Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie begin the day tied for the lead, Se Ri Pak cuts the margin to a shot by opening with birdie that moves her to 9 under. Charley Hull pars the first to remain 8 under.

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Previous coverage

Wie, Thompson share Kraft Nabisco 3rd-round lead

Fans have waited years for this. Michelle Wie, the biggest star in the women’s game, shares a lead going into the final round of a major for the first time since the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open. And she’s playing Sunday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship alongside another LPGA giant, 19-year-old Lexi Thompson, a phenom in her own right. It’s a blockbuster pairing that’s been a long time coming.

64 propels Thompson into Kraft Nabisco lead

There’s been a lot of talk about confidence this week. A pair of 6-foot superstars – Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie – are kicking up dust here at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, and golf fans can only hope that bravado carries over to the weekend. LPGA founder Shirley Spork, a Palm Desert, Calif., resident since 1954, had this to say about confidence: “The Babe was always the best in her mind. She would always say, ‘Well, the Babe’s here, who’s going to be second?’ ”

After losing granddad, Martin forges on at Kraft

Last year at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Mo Martin received a standing ovation on the Walk of Champions as she approached the 18th green. After crossing over the bridge, she heard fans start cheering again. A confused Mo looked back and saw they were clapping for her grandfather, Lincoln Martin, who was coming behind in a scooter. Lincoln, who died peacefully at age 102 on March 25 at his ranch home in Porterville, Calif., deserved every bit of attention he received, though he never asked for any of it.

Wie 'more appreciative' after 67 to open Kraft

The LPGA no longer revolves around the comings and goings of Michelle Wie. She has probably answered as many questions about Lydia Ko in the last two years as she has about herself. But when the name Wie starts moving up toward the top of a leaderboard, as it did Thursday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship with a 5-under 67, there’s frankly nothing better for the LPGA. Wie, 24, still moves the needle like no other.

15-year-old Yin keeps smiling at Kraft Nabisco

Angel Yin had lunch with Katherine Kirk earlier in the week. When the veteran player said hello, a nervous Yin looked away. The 15-year-old found it impossible to hide during Round 1 of the Kraft Nabisco Championship, however, as she was paired with Kirk. Things must have gotten comfortable fast for Yin, who posted a 4-under 68 to take solo second after the morning wave. A chance meeting with Michelle Wie, however, might not go as smoothly. “If (Michelle) sat next to me and said hi to me, I’d probably run,” Yin said.

LPGA's Whan: New sponsor won't prompt change of course

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said the tour will return to Mission Hills in 2015. There will be another leap into Poppie’s Pond. “As I said to the GM (Garret Kriske) here a couple nights ago, we’re coming back,” Whan said. “And if I come back without a sponsor, I come back without a sponsor.”

LPGA's stars come into 2014's first major playing strong

This year at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the pond is wide open. That one-size-fits-all white robe could be wrapped around the shoulders of any number of players come Sunday. LPGA Founder Shirley Spork likes Lexi Thompson this week. This year’s champion will be a proven player, Spork said. It’s easy to believe, considering how well so many of the tour’s brightest are playing right now. While World No. 1 Inbee Park is among the favorites, she’s not a runaway pick. Stacy Lewis has finished top-6 or better at five of six events.

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