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Lexi Thompson

Lexi Thompson American professional golfer

American professional golfer
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Intro American professional golfer
Is Athlete Golfer
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 10 February 1995, Coral Springs
Age: 25 years
The details
Biography

Alexis "Lexi" Thompson (born February 10, 1995) is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. At age 12, she was the youngest golfer ever to qualify to play in the U.S. Women's Open. She turned professional in June 2010 at age 15. On September 18, 2011, Thompson set a new record as the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA tournament, at age 16 years, seven months, and eight days, when she won the Navistar LPGA Classic. Three months later she became the second-youngest winner of a Ladies European Tour event, capturing the Dubai Ladies Masters by four strokes on December 17, 2011. She won her first major championship at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Family and education

Thompson's two brothers are also professional golfers: Nicholas Thompson plays on the PGA and Web.com Tours and Curtis Thompson plays on the Web.com Tour. She was home-schooled and told an interviewer in September 2012 that she had "graduated a few months ago".

Amateur career

As a 12-year-old in 2007, she became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open. At the tournament, she shot 86-82 and failed to make the cut. The record was surpassed in 2014 by Lucy Li. Also in 2007, she won the Aldila Junior Classic to become the second-youngest winner in American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). She also won the Westfield Junior PGA Championship to become the youngest winner in Junior PGA Championship history.

In 2008 she won the U.S. Girls' Junior. She qualified again in 2008 for U.S. Women's Open where she shot 75-77 and she again failed to make the cut, this time by two strokes.

As a 14-year-old in 2009, she qualified for a third time for the U.S. Women's Open and made the cut for the first time, finishing tied for 34th, +11 (71-73-78-73=295). Later that year she Monday-qualified for the Navistar LPGA Classic, where she shot 65 in the first round and finished tied for 27th, 12 strokes behind winner, Lorena Ochoa.

In 2010 Thompson kept her amateur status for the first half of the year. As an amateur, she played in the Women's Australian Open, where she finished T16 (+3), 12 strokes behind the winner, Yani Tseng. She made the cut at the 2010 Kraft Nabisco Championship, finishing T24, +2 (74-72-73-71=290), 15 shots behind winner, Yani Tseng. She also won the 2009 Verizon Junior Heritage after a sudden-death playoff with Laetitia Beck. She represented the winning United States team in the Curtis Cup competition and went undefeated, winning four matches and tying in a fifth. She turned pro the next week, stating she believed her game was ready to make the jump to the LPGA Tour.

Amateur highlights

  • 2003 – Won U.S. Kids Golf World Championship
  • 2004 – Won U.S. Kids Golf World Championship
  • 2007 – second round, U.S. Girls' Junior
  • 2007 quarterfinalist, U.S. Women's Amateur
  • 2008 – Won U.S. Girls' Junior (final 5 & 4 over Karen Chung)
  • 2009 third round, U.S. Girls' Junior
  • 2009 semifinalist, U.S. Women's Amateur

Professional career

2010

Thompson announced that she had turned professional on June 16, 2010. She signed sponsorship deals with Cobra-PUMA Golf and with Red Bull.

Lacking official status as an LPGA Tour member, Thompson largely had to rely on sponsors' exemptions to gain entry into tournaments. Her first sponsor's exemption was entry into the ShopRite LPGA Classic where she missed the cut by four strokes.

She played qualifiers held in Florida in May to gain entry to the U.S. Women's Open played July 8–11. She finished T10 at the tournament, +6 (73-74-70-73=290), nine shots behind winner Paula Creamer, and collected her first professional check for $72,131.

Two weeks later at the Evian Masters, Thompson finished T2, −13 (69-72-67-67=275), one shot behind the winner, and made $242,711. After three professional events, her earnings were $314,842, which would have ranked 18th on the official LPGA money list if she had been a member of the LPGA Tour. Her result from the Evian Masters caused her to rise 75 places to number 74 in the Women's World Golf Rankings. She played three more events on the LPGA Tour in 2010, missing the cut at the CN Canadian Women's Open, and finishing T16 and T57 in two additional events.

Petition to LPGA

In December 2010, Thompson petitioned the LPGA to allow her to play in up to 12 LPGA tournaments in 2011 using sponsor exemptions instead of the six allowed to non-members by LPGA rules. In January 2011, Commissioner Mike Whan denied Thompson's petition, but announced that the LPGA rules would be changed to allow non-members to participate in Monday qualifying. In effect this may give Thompson the opportunity to play in more than 12 tournaments in 2011.

2011–2013

Thompson began playing in one-day tournaments in October 2010 on the Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour, a developmental tour aimed at men trying to move up to the next level of professional golf. On the Fuzion Tour, women play with tees moved up so that they play 94% of the distance that the men play. She returned to play against women in February 2011 at the Women's Australian Open and the ANZ Ladies Masters, where she missed the cut and finished T42 respectively. Returning to the United States, she won a one-round Fuzion Tour event, on February 21, at her home course in Coral Springs, Florida. Tied after 18 holes, she beat Brett Bergeron on the second playoff hole, for her first professional win. In March, Thompson attempted the Monday qualifier for the LPGA Kia Classic, but failed to qualify.

Thompson's first LPGA tournament in 2011 was the Avnet LPGA Classic, with a sponsor's exemption. After three rounds, she was tied for the lead with Song-Hee Kim. On Sunday, her score soared to 78, including back-to-back double bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes. Thompson finished tied for 19th at −1 (71-71-67-78=287), nine strokes behind the winner, Maria Hjorth. She missed the cut at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, at the LPGA Championship and at the U.S. Women's Open and tried but failed to Monday-qualify at the State Farm Classic. In her fifth LPGA tournament she played in 2011, the Evian Masters, she finished tied for 36th. She continued to play regularly on the Fuzion Tour, through the spring and summer. In August, she finished T31 at the Safeway Classic and then missed the cut at the Canadian Women's Open. In September, she won her first LPGA tournament, the Navistar LPGA Classic, by a five-stroke margin over LPGA Tour rookie Tiffany Joh. At age sixteen, she became the youngest winner ever on the LPGA Tour, breaking the previous record set by Marlene Hagge at age 18 in 1952. Her record stood for 11 months until 15-year-old Lydia Ko won the 2012 CN Canadian Women's Open on August 26, 2012.

On December 17, 2011, Thompson won the Dubai Ladies Masters, an event on the Ladies European Tour (LET), with a four-stroke margin. This win made her the youngest professional winner on the LET at age 16 years, 10 months, 7 days. The youngest-ever winner on the LET is Amy Yang, who was four months younger when she won the 2006 ANZ Ladies Masters as an amateur at 16 years, 6 months, 8 days.

Qualifying for 2012 LPGA membership

Thompson successfully petitioned the LPGA to receive a waiver to the rule that LPGA Tour members must be at least 18 years old, allowing her to enter the 2011 LPGA Qualifying School for Tour membership in 2012. The first of three stages was held July 26–29, 2011, at the LPGA International course in Daytona Beach, Florida. Thompson won Stage I by 10 strokes, shooting −23 (66-66-66-67=265). The top 50 finishers and ties from the first stage advanced to Stage II. After winning the Navistar LPGA Classic, Thompson withdrew from qualifying school and petitioned the LPGA for membership based on her win. Her petition was approved on September 30, 2011, and Thompson became a member of the tour for 2012.

Thompson earned her second and third career LPGA Tour wins with the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia in October and the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in November.

2014

Thompson earned her fourth career LPGA win and first major championship at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship. The victory made her the second-youngest women's major winner at the time.

Professional wins (10)

LPGA Tour wins (7)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Sep 18, 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic 66-68-67-70=271 −17 5 strokes United States Tiffany Joh
2 Oct 13, 2013 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 67-63-66-69=265 −19 4 strokes China Shanshan Feng
3 Nov 17, 2013 Lorena Ochoa Invitational 72-64-67-69=272 −16 1 stroke United States Stacy Lewis
4 Apr 6, 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship 73-64-69-68=274 −14 3 strokes United States Michelle Wie
5 Jul 26, 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic 69-64-68-65=266 −18 1 stroke United States Gerina Piller
United States Lizette Salas
6 Oct 18, 2015 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship 68-67-69-69=273 −15 1 stroke South Korea Sung Hyun Park
Taiwan Yani Tseng
7 Feb 28, 2016 Honda LPGA Thailand 64-72-64-68=268 −20 6 strokes South Korea Chun In-gee

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2017 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic United States Brittany Lincicome Lost to birdie on first extra hole

LET wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Dec 17, 2011 Dubai Ladies Masters 70-66-70-67=273 −15 4 strokes South Africa Lee-Anne Pace

LPGA of Japan Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 8 May 2016 World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup 70-68-65-72=275 −13 2 strokes Japan Ayaka Watanabe

Other wins (1)

2011 TPC February Shootout (Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour)

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship Tied for lead −14 (73-64-69-68=274) 3 strokes United States Michelle Wie

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order before 2015.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
ANA Inspiration DNP DNP T21TLA T24 DNP T22 T48 1 7 5
Women's PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T30 T28 T17 3 T22
U.S. Women's Open CUT CUT T34 T10 CUT T14 T13 T7 T42 T32
Women's British Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T17 CUT T54 T17 T8
The Evian Championship ^ 3 T10 2 T22

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
LA = Low amateur
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Green background for win, yellow background for top-10.

Summary

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
ANA Inspiration 1 0 0 2 3 6 7 7
Women's PGA Championship 0 0 1 1 1 3 6 5
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 0 2 4 10 7
Women's British Open 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 4
The Evian Championship 0 1 1 2 3 4 4 4
Totals 1 1 2 5 10 20 32 27
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 16 (2013 Evian – 2016 Evian, current)
  • Longest streak of top 10s – 3 (twice)

LPGA Tour career summary

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nds 3rds Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2007 1 0 0 0 0 0 MC n/a 79.00
2008 1 0 0 0 0 0 MC n/a 76.00
2009 3 3 0 0 0 0 T27 n/a 72.75
2010 6 4 0 1 0 2 T2 319,8311 n/a 72.21 n/a
2011 9 5 1 0 0 1 1 244,2981 n/a 73.81 n/a
2012 23 19 0 2 0 4 2 611,0212 21 71.57 24
2013 24 21 2 0 2 7 1 1,206,109 6 70.88 18
2014 25 21 1 1 1 8 1 946,764 12 71.03 17
2015 24 23 2 1 1 13 1 1,763,904 5 70.01 4
2016 19 18 1 0 0 9 1 888,571 18 70.37 10
  • Official as of 2016 season.

* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.

1 Earnings prior to 2012 are unofficial because Thompson was not an LPGA member.

2 Official 2012 earnings do not include $23,107 from T14 finish at the Honda LPGA Thailand. LPGA rules specify that earnings by players who gain entrance to an international tournament using a sponsor's exemption are unofficial.

Professional record and earnings outside of Tour membership

Results in all tournaments in which Thompson has played since turning pro in June 2010 through the end of 2011. During this time she was a professional golfer but not a member of any golf tour.

Year Dates Tournament Tour Finish Margin Earnings
($)
2010 Jun 18–20 ShopRite LPGA Classic LPGA MC 4 from cutline 0
2010 Jul 8–11 U.S. Women's Open LPGA T10 9 behind winner 72,131
2010 Jul 22–25 Evian Masters LPGA and LET T2 1 behind winner 242,711
2010 Aug 26–29 CN Canadian Women's Open LPGA MC 1 from cutline 0
2010 Sep 10–12 P&G NW Arkansas Championship LPGA T57 16 behind winner 4,989
2010 Oct 7–10 Navistar LPGA Classic LPGA T16 8 behind winner 16,641
2010 Oct 27 Hammock Fall Classic Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour1 T5 2 behind winner 238
2010 Oct 28 Hillcrest Classic Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour T2 1 behind winner 508
2010 Nov 3 President Open Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour 2 3 behind winner 550
2010 Nov 18 Madison Green Fall Shootout Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour T5 3 behind winner 325
2010 Nov 22 Thanksgiving Monday Classic Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour T3 2 behind winner 508
2011 Jan 7 Coastal Performance Classic Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour T16 4 behind winner 82
2011 Jan 10 Broward Winter Classic Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour T3 3 behind winner 533
2011 Jan 11 Estates Winter Open Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour T9 3 behind winner 270
2011 Jan 18 Jupiter Winter Classic Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour T27 10 behind winner 76
2011 Jan 21 Madison Green Winter Shootout Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour T9 6 behind winner 225
2011 Jan 24 TPC Eagle Trace Classic Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour 11 4 behind winner 210
2011 Feb 3–6 Women's Australian Open LET and ALPG Tour MC 2 from cutline 0
2011 Feb 10–13 ANZ Ladies Masters LET and ALPG Tour T42 14 behind winner 2,289
2011 Feb 21 TPC February Shootout Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour 1 1,000
2011 Mar 4 March RPB Classic Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour T9 4 behind winner 217
2011 Mar 25 Palm Beach Classic Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour T2 Playoff 513
2011 Apr 28 – May 1 Avnet LPGA Classic LPGA T19 9 behind winner 14,715
2011 Jun 3–5 ShopRite LPGA Classic LPGA MC 6 from cutline 0
2011 Jun 23–26 LPGA Championship LPGA MC 6 from cutline 0
2011 Jul 7–11 U.S. Women's Open LPGA MC 4 from cutline 0
2011 Jul 12 PGA Estates Summer Shootout Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour T20 8 behind winner 0
2011 Jul 21–24 Evian Masters LPGA T36 9 behind winner 18,023
2011 Aug 5–7 Ladies Irish Open LET T24 16 behind winner 6,382
2011 Aug 19–21 Safeway Classic LPGA T31 10 behind winner 9,559
2011 Aug 25–28 Canadian Women's Open LPGA MC 2 from cutline 0
2011 Sep 15–18 Navistar LPGA Classic LPGA 1 195,000
2011 Nov 17–20 CME Group Titleholders LPGA T36 17 behind winner 7,001
2011 Dec 14–17 Dubai Ladies Masters LET 1 97,8632
  • Dates are span of competitive rounds, regardless of whether Thompson participated in all rounds.
  • Margin = strokes behind winner or cutline, not applicable in cases of withdrawal, disqualification or matchplay format.
  • Earnings are rounded up to the nearest dollar.
  • 1On the Fuzion Tour, women play with tees moved up so that they play 94% of the distance that the men play.
  • 2 The winner's prize was 75,000 Euros. US dollar equivalent based on exchange rate current as of December 17, 2011.

World ranking

Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.

Year World
ranking
Source
2009 246
2010 89
2011 38
2012 24
2013 9
2014 10
2015 4
2016 5

Team appearances

Amateur

  • Junior Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 2009 (winners)
  • Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 2010 (winners)

Professional

  • Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 2013, 2015 (winners)
  • International Crown (representing the United States): 2014, 2016 (winners)

Solheim Cup record

Year Total
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 7 3–2–2 1–0–1 1–1–0 1–1–1 4.0 57.14
2013 3 1–2–0 1–0–0 def. C. Masson 4&3 0–1–0 lost w/ S. Lewis 1 down 0–1–0 lost w/ P. Creamer 2 down 1.0 33.3
2015 4 2–0–2 0–0–1 halved w/ C. Ciganda 1–0–0 won w/ C. Kerr 2&1 1–0–1 halved w/ C. Kerr,
won w/ C. Kerr 3&2
3.0 75.0

Curtis Cup record

Year Total
matches
Total
W-L-H
Singles
W-L-H
Foursomes
W-L-H
Fourballs
W-L-H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 5 4–0–1 1–0–0 1–0–1 2–0–0 4.5 90.0
2010 5 4–0–1 1–0–0 def. S. Watson 6&5 1–0–1 halved w/ J. Korda,
won w/ J. Korda 3&1
2–0–0 won w/ J. Johnson 3&2,
won w/ J. Korda 2&1
4.5 90.0

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