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Lexi Thompson
— Golfer —
2013 Women's British Open – Lexi Thompson (8).jpg
Personal information
Full nameAlexis Thompson
Born(1995-02-10) February 10, 1995 (age 19)
Coral Springs, Florida, U.S.
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
NationalityAmerican
ResidenceCoral Springs, Florida
Career
Turned professional2010
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 2012)
Professional wins6
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour4
Ladies European Tour1
Other1
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationWon: 2014
LPGA ChampionshipT17: 2014
U.S. Women's OpenT7: 2014
Women's British OpenT17: 2012
Evian Championship3rd: 2013
 
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Lexi Thompson
— Golfer —
2013 Women's British Open – Lexi Thompson (8).jpg
Personal information
Full nameAlexis Thompson
Born(1995-02-10) February 10, 1995 (age 19)
Coral Springs, Florida, U.S.
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
NationalityAmerican
ResidenceCoral Springs, Florida
Career
Turned professional2010
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 2012)
Professional wins6
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour4
Ladies European Tour1
Other1
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationWon: 2014
LPGA ChampionshipT17: 2014
U.S. Women's OpenT7: 2014
Women's British OpenT17: 2012
Evian Championship3rd: 2013

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.[2][3] On September 18, 2011, Thompson set a new record as the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA tournament,[4] 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.[4] She won her first major championship at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Family and education[edit]

Thompson's two brothers also are golfers: Nicholas Thompson, plays professionally on the PGA Tour[5] and Curtis Thompson[6] attends Louisiana State University.[7] Alexis was home-schooled and told an interviewer in September 2012 that she had "graduated a few months ago."[8]

Amateur career[edit]

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.[9] The record was surpassed in 2014 by Lucy Li.[10] Also in 2007, she won the Aldila Junior Classic to become the second-youngest winner in AJGA. She also won the Westfield Junior PGA Championship to become the youngest winner in Junior PGA Championship history.[11]

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).[12] Later that year she Monday-qualified for the Navistar LPGA Classic, where she shot 65 in the first round and finished at T27, 12 strokes behind winner, Lorena Ochoa.[13]

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.[14] She made the cut at the 2010 Kraft Nabisco Championship, finishing T24, +2 (74-72-73-71=290), 15 shots behind winner, Yani Tseng.[15] She also won the 2009 Verizon Junior Heritage after a sudden-death playoff with Laetitia Beck.[16] 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.[17]

Amateur highlights[edit]

Professional career[edit]

2010[edit]

Thompson announced that she had turned pro on June 16, 2010. She signed sponsorship deals with Cobra-PUMA Golf and with Red Bull.[3][18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23]

2011[edit]

Thompson began playing in one-day tournaments on the Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour in October 2010. The Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour is 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.[24] 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.[24] In March, Thompson attempted the Monday qualifier for the LPGA Kia Classic, but failed to qualify.[25]

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 would finish tied for 19th at −1 (71-71-67-78=287), nine strokes behind the winner, Maria Hjorth.[26] She missed the cut at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, 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.[27] 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.[28]

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.[29] After winning the Navistar LPGA Classic, Thompson withdrew from qualifying school[30] 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.[31]

2014[edit]

Thompson earned her fourth career LPGA win and first major win at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship. The victory made her the second-youngest women's major winner to date.[32]

Professional wins (6)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (3)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner-up
1Sep 18, 2011Navistar LPGA Classic66-68-67-70=271−175 strokesUnited States Tiffany Joh
2Oct 13, 2013Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia67-63-66-69=265−194 strokesChina Shanshan Feng
3Nov 17, 2013Lorena Ochoa Invitational72-64-67-69=272−161 strokeUnited States Stacy Lewis
4Apr 6, 2014Kraft Nabisco Championship73-64-69-68=274−143 strokesUnited States Michelle Wie

LET wins (1)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner-up
1Dec 17, 2011Dubai Ladies Masters70-66-70-67=273−154 strokesSouth Africa Lee-Anne Pace

Other wins (1)[edit]

2011 TPC February Shootout (Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour)

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2014Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipTied for lead−14 (73-64-69-68=274)3 strokesUnited States Michelle Wie

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament20072008200920102011201220132014
Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipDNPDNPT21TLAT24DNPT22T481
U.S. Women's OpenCUTCUTT34T10CUTT14T13T7
Women's British OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPT17CUTT54
LPGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPCUTT30T28T17
The Evian Championship ^3T10

^ 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[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Kraft Nabisco Championship10011455
U.S. Women's Open00002485
Women's British Open00000132
LPGA Championship00000143
The Evian Championship00112222
Totals10125122217

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

YearTournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins2nds3rdsTop 10sBest
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2007100000MCn/a79.00
2008100000MCn/a76.00
2009330000T27n/a72.75
2010640102T2319,8311n/a72.21n/a
20119510011244,2981n/a73.81n/a
2012231902042611,02122171.5724
20132421202711,206,109670.8818
2014252111181946,7641271.0317

* 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[edit]

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.

YearDatesTournamentTourFinishMarginEarnings
($)
2010Jun 18–20ShopRite LPGA Classic[19]LPGAMC4 from cutline0
2010Jul 8–11U.S. Women's Open[20]LPGAT109 behind winner72,131
2010Jul 22–25Evian Masters[21]LPGA and LETT21 behind winner242,711
2010Aug 26–29CN Canadian Women's OpenLPGAMC1 from cutline0
2010Sep 10–12P&G NW Arkansas ChampionshipLPGAT5716 behind winner4,989
2010Oct 7–10Navistar LPGA ClassicLPGAT168 behind winner16,641
2010Oct 27Hammock Fall Classic[34]Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour1T52 behind winner238
2010Oct 28Hillcrest Classic[35]Fuzion Minor League Golf TourT21 behind winner508
2010Nov 3President OpenFuzion Minor League Golf Tour23 behind winner550
2010Nov 18Madison Green Fall ShootoutFuzion Minor League Golf TourT53 behind winner325
2010Nov 22Thanksgiving Monday ClassicFuzion Minor League Golf TourT32 behind winner508
2011Jan 7Coastal Performance ClassicFuzion Minor League Golf TourT164 behind winner82
2011Jan 10Broward Winter ClassicFuzion Minor League Golf TourT33 behind winner533
2011Jan 11Estates Winter OpenFuzion Minor League Golf TourT93 behind winner270
2011Jan 18Jupiter Winter ClassicFuzion Minor League Golf TourT2710 behind winner76
2011Jan 21Madison Green Winter ShootoutFuzion Minor League Golf TourT96 behind winner225
2011Jan 24TPC Eagle Trace Classic[36]Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour114 behind winner210
2011Feb 3–6Women's Australian OpenLET and ALPG TourMC2 from cutline0
2011Feb 10–13ANZ Ladies Masters[37]LET and ALPG TourT4214 behind winner2,289[38]
2011Feb 21TPC February ShootoutFuzion Minor League Golf Tour11,000
2011Mar 4March RPB ClassicFuzion Minor League Golf TourT94 behind winner217
2011Mar 25Palm Beach ClassicFuzion Minor League Golf TourT2Playoff513
2011Apr 28 – May 1Avnet LPGA ClassicLPGAT199 behind winner14,715
2011Jun 3–5ShopRite LPGA ClassicLPGAMC6 from cutline0
2011Jun 23–26LPGA ChampionshipLPGAMC6 from cutline0
2011Jul 7–11U.S. Women's OpenLPGAMC4 from cutline0
2011Jul 12PGA Estates Summer Shootout[39]Fuzion Minor League Golf TourT208 behind winner0
2011Jul 21–24Evian Masters[40]LPGAT369 behind winner18,023
2011Aug 5–7Ladies Irish Open[41]LETT2416 behind winner6,382[42]
2011Aug 19–21Safeway Classic[43]LPGAT3110 behind winner9,559
2011Aug 25–28Canadian Women's OpenLPGAMC2 from cutline0
2011Sep 15–18Navistar LPGA Classic[44]LPGA1195,000
2011Nov 17–20CME Group Titleholders[45]LPGAT3617 behind winner7,001
2011Dec 14–17Dubai Ladies Masters[28]LET197,8632

World ranking[edit]

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

YearWorld
ranking
Source
2009246[47]
201089[48]
201138[49]
201224[50]
20139[51]

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

Solheim Cup record[edit]

YearTotal
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career31–2–01–0–00–1–00–1–01.033.3
201331–2–01–0–0 def. C. Masson 4&30–1–0 lost w/ S. Lewis 1 down0–1–0 lost w/ P. Creamer 2 down1.033.3

Curtis Cup record[edit]

YearTotal
matches
Total
W-L-H
Singles
W-L-H
Foursomes
W-L-H
Fourballs
W-L-H
Points
won
Points
%
Career54–0–11–0–01–0–12–0–04.590.0
201054–0–11–0–0 def. S. Watson 6&51–0–1 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
4.590.0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ESPN, Lexi Thompson to join LPGA Tour September 30, 2011.
  2. ^ "Alexis Thompson to make pro debut at NJ tourney". Associated Press. 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Girl, 15, Turns Professional". The New York Times. June 16, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Lexi Thompson, 16, wins second event as a professional". Associated Press. December 17, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Nicholas Thompson's Official Profile". PGA Tour. 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Curtis Thompson's Biography". The Florida State Golf Association. 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2008. 
  7. ^ Golf Digest, July 2010.
  8. ^ Smashing Interviews Magazine, [bit.ly/OqKAxF Alexis 'Lexi' Thompson Interview: An American Wunderkind] September 6, 2012. Accessed January 29, 2013.
  9. ^ Dixon, Peter (2007). "Thompson proves that youngsters can have fun". The Times (London). Retrieved June 29, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Lucy Li, 11, qualifies for U.S. Open". ESPN. May 19, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ Mirocha, Dan (2007). "Thompson, DeForest win Junior PGA". Golfweek. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2007. 
  12. ^ LPGA, 2009 U.S. Women's Open Leaderboard Retrieved 2010-06-19
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  14. ^ ABC News, Yani Tseng Wins Women's Australian Open, 2010-3-14, Retrieved 2010-8-1
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  17. ^ Golf Digest, July 2010
  18. ^ Newjerseynewsroom.com, ShopRite LPGA Classic: Paula Creamer and Alexis Thompson ... a bit of agony and ecstasy, 2010-06-17, Retrieved 2010-06-17
  19. ^ a b "GolfDigest", Meanwhile on the other coast, Creamer is back 2010-06-19, Retrieved 2010-06-19
  20. ^ a b USGA, 65th U.S. Women's Open Championship 2010 Championship Summary July 11, 2010. Accessed November 23, 2011.
  21. ^ a b LPGA, 2010 Evian Masters Leaderboard, Retrieved 2010-9-20
  22. ^ LPGA, Rolex Rankings, July 26, 2010, Retrieved 2010-8-1
  23. ^ The Golf Channel, LPGA denies Thompson's petition for more sponsor exemptions. 2011-01-14. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
  24. ^ a b c NBC.com, Lexi Thompson takes down a men’s mini tour event at Florida home course 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
  25. ^ Palm Beach Post blog, Lexi Thompson eager to return to work next week 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  26. ^ SI.com, Hjorth wins Avnet LPGA Classic, Thompson slides 2011-05-01. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  27. ^ LPGA All-Time Records[dead link]
  28. ^ a b Ladies European Tour, American Lexi Thompson Becomes Youngest Professional Winner on the LET. December 17, 2011.
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  34. ^ Fuzion Golf Tour, 2010 Hammock Fall Classic Results Accessed November 23, 2011.
  35. ^ Fuzion Golf Tour, 2010 Hillcrest Classic Results Accessed November 23, 2011.
  36. ^ Fuzion Golf Tour, 2011 TPC Eagle Trace Classic Results Accessed November 23, 2011.
  37. ^ ALPG, ANZ RACV Ladies Masters 10–13 February 2011 Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  38. ^ Google Finance, Australian Dollar (AUD) in US Dollar (USD)
  39. ^ Fuzion Golf Tour, 2011 PGA Estates Summer Shootout Results Accessed November 23, 2011.
  40. ^ LPGA.com, 2011 Evian Masters Final Tournament Summary July 24, 2011 Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  41. ^ Ladies European Tour, 2011 Ladies Irish Open Final Results 7 August 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  42. ^ Yahoo! Finance, Currency Converter Euros to Dollars Converting 4,500 Euros to Dollars as of 8 August 2011 Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  43. ^ 2011 Safeway Classic Final Scoring Summary[dead link]
  44. ^ LPGA.com, 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic Final Results September 18, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  45. ^ LPGA.com, 2011 CME Titleholders Final Results November 20, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
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  48. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings December 28, 2010
  49. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings December 27, 2011
  50. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings December 31, 2012
  51. ^ Women's World Golf Rankings, Women's World Golf Rankings December 30, 2013

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