10 Years of Lexi Thompson
Alexis known to many as Lexi Thompson is a professional female golf player on the LPGA tour. In 2007, at 12 years old she became the youngest ever to compete in the Women’s US Open, only eclipsed in 2014 by Lucy Li.
At 22 years old, Lexi has been on the LPGA circuit for 10 years now, a milestone worthy of write up of her career so far!
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Lexi, as mentioned competed in the 2007 US Open as a 12 year old and unfortunately she failed to make the cut shooting 86 and 82 respectively. Lexi qualified once again in 2008, this time shooting 75 and 77, again failing to make the cut.
Remarkably as a 14 year old, Lexi Thompson for the third consecutive year made the US Open and this time (3rd time lucky) she finished tied 34th, on this occasion with 74-72-73-71=290. After this finish, Lexi was well and truly on the radar of the LPGA followers.
In 2010, Lexi played a qualifier tournament for the US Open, her finishing position awarded her first professional check amounting to $72,131, several weeks later at a Major (Evian Masters) Lexi managed a tied 2nd place which ensured a $242,711 in winnings for the teen.
Fast forward to 2012, Lexi Thompson petitioned to gain membership on the LPGA Tour, she gained membership and has not looked back. 2014 brought Lexi Thompson’s first and currently only Major, the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Other recent notable tournaments won by Lexi include:
Indy Women Tech Championship – Sept 9, 2017
Kingsmill Championship – May 21, 2017
Honda LPGA Thailand – Feb 28, 2016
LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship – Oct 18, 2015
Meijer LPGA Classic – July 26, 2015
Lexi Thompson at the time of writing has an LPGA ranking of world number 4! I’m sure the 22 year old in the next few years will be able to make the step up to number 1.
Lexi in recent times has endured a few controversies, the most notable being a 4 shot penalty when leading the Major, ANA Inspiration by 2 shots. This deduction came when a viewer at home noticed Lexi didn’t place her ball back in the correct place, which prompted the tournament officials to hand Lexi the 4 shot penalty.
This then took Lexi 2 shots behind the leader. Lexi managed to birdie 2 of the last 6 holes to force a play-off which she unfortunately lost. She was clearly distraught with the Major result as she was seen in tears.
Lexi Thompson looks to have her whole career ahead of her at just 22 years old, Lexi has ample opportunity to claw back her defeat to win many Majors to come.
Do you think Lexi is the main focal point for LPGA’s future, do you think shes accomplished as much as she could? What’s your opinion on viewers from home influencing high profile decisions? I would like to know what you think here.