Lexi Thompson has been in the headlines lately and it hasn’t been thanks to her being a mainstay on the LPGA Tour at age 22.
As a teenage-golf phenom, Thompson burst onto the scene a few years back and has 10 pro victories to her credit. But last week at the LPGA’s Masters, the thrill of victory and agony of defeat were taken to a new level.
After winning the tournament by two strokes, a television viewer reported that she violated the rules by marking her ball incorrectly on a green toward the end of the event. After review by the Tour’s rules committees, it was decided that she would incur a four-shot penalty — two for the violation and two more for signing an incorrect scorecard. She had to relent the major title.
It is a terrible situation all around, but the immensely talented young golfer will bounce back. A frequent Instagramer, she is already showing that she is moving forward.
Let me start by congratulating So Yeon Ryu on her playoff victory yesterday at the ANA Inspiration. She fought extremely hard and played amazing golf. I don’t want anything that happened yesterday to take away from So Yeon’s victory. The LPGA rules officials made a judgment call at the moment, and we as professional golfers must accept it, no matter how painful it is. What happened was not intentional at all, I would never do that purposely. And I hope everyone knows that. I want to thank the amazing fans out on the course for all their support. Their cheering helped get me through those last 6 holes. Hearing all the fans cheer me on after every shot, going to every tee, truly brought tears to my eyes every time. I also want to thank the fans around the world who have reached out to me to offer their support, and for being there for me in this difficult situation. Your support means so much to me ……. I’m so blessed to have you all as my fans. I love you all and the game of golf, and I look forward to seeing all of you very soon.