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".
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.
- 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
- Dixon, Peter (2007). "Thompson proves that youngsters can have fun". The Times. London. Retrieved June 29, 2007.
- "Lucy Li, 11, qualifies for U.S. Open". ESPN. May 19, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
- Mirocha, Dan (2007). "Thompson, DeForest win Junior PGA". Golfweek. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2007.
- LPGA, 2009 U.S. Women's Open Leaderboard Retrieved 2010-06-19
- ABC News, Yani Tseng Wins Women's Australian Open, 2010-3-14, Retrieved 2010-8-1
- LPGA, 2010 Kraft Nabisco Championship, Retrieved 2010-8-1
- "Sports Shorts Israel News". Haaretz. February 10, 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
- Golf Digest, July 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.
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.
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)
|Major championships (1)|
|Other LPGA Tour (5)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin |
|1||Sep 18, 2011||Navistar LPGA Classic||66-68-67-70=271||−17||5 strokes||Tiffany Joh|
|2||Oct 13, 2013||Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia||67-63-66-69=265||−19||4 strokes||Shanshan Feng|
|3||Nov 17, 2013||Lorena Ochoa Invitational||72-64-67-69=272||−16||1 stroke||Stacy Lewis|
|4||Apr 6, 2014||Kraft Nabisco Championship||73-64-69-68=274||−14||3 strokes||Michelle Wie|
|5||Jul 26, 2015||Meijer LPGA Classic||69-64-68-65=266||−18||1 stroke|| Gerina Piller |
|6||Oct 18, 2015||LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship||68-67-69-69=273||−15||1 stroke|| Sung Hyun Park |
|7||Feb 28, 2016||Honda LPGA Thailand||64-72-64-68=268||−20||6 strokes||Chun In-gee|
LPGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||2017||Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic||Brittany Lincicome||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
LET wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of |
|1||Dec 17, 2011||Dubai Ladies Masters||70-66-70-67=273||−15||4 strokes||Lee-Anne Pace|
LPGA of Japan Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of |
|1||8 May 2016||World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup||70-68-65-72=275||−13||2 strokes||Ayaka Watanabe|
Other wins (1)
2011 TPC February Shootout (Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour)
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|2014||Kraft Nabisco Championship||Tied for lead||−14 (73-64-69-68=274)||3 strokes||Michelle Wie|
Results not in chronological order before 2015.
|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.
|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|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 16 (2013 Evian – 2016 Evian, current)
- Longest streak of top 10s – 3 (twice)
LPGA Tour career summary
|Wins||2nds||3rds||Top 10s||Best |
- 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.
|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.
- LPGA.com, 2010 Shoprite Classic Final Results June 20, 2010. Accessed November 23, 2011.
- LPGA.com, 2010 Evian Masters Final Tournament Summary July 25, 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
- Fuzion Golf Tour, 2010 Hammock Fall Classic Results Accessed November 23, 2011.
- Fuzion Golf Tour, 2010 Hillcrest Classic Results Accessed November 23, 2011.
- Fuzion Golf Tour, 2011 TPC Eagle Trace Classic Results Accessed November 23, 2011.
- ALPG, ANZ RACV Ladies Masters 10–13 February 2011 Retrieved 2011-02-18.
- Google Finance, Australian Dollar (AUD) in US Dollar (USD)
- Fuzion Golf Tour, 2011 PGA Estates Summer Shootout Results Accessed November 23, 2011.
- LPGA.com, 2011 Evian Masters Final Tournament Summary July 24, 2011 Retrieved November 23, 2011.
- Ladies European Tour, 2011 Ladies Irish Open Final Results 7 August 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- Yahoo! Finance, Currency Converter Euros to Dollars Converting 4,500 Euros to Dollars as of 8 August 2011 Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- 2011 Safeway Classic Final Scoring Summary Archived September 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- LPGA.com, 2011 CME Titleholders Final Results November 20, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
- XE.com, Currency Converter. Accessed December 17, 2011.
Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.
- Junior Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 2009 (winners)
- Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 2010 (winners)
- Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 2013, 2015 (winners)
- International Crown (representing the United States): 2014, 2016 (winners)
Solheim Cup record
|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
Curtis Cup record
|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