Name:Alexis "Lexi" Thompson
Born:Feb 10, 1995 in Coral Springs, Broward County, Florida.
Turned Pro:2010 (aged 15)
MAJORS (1): Kraft Nabisco Championship (2014). Curtis Cup player (2010); Solheim Cup player (2013, '15, '17, '19, '21). Multiple wins on the LPGA and Ladies European tours.
After turning professional in 2010 aged 15, Thompson continued her meteoric rise in golf. In 2007, aged 12, she had already become the youngest golfer to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, and in 2008 had won the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.
As a professional, aged 16, she became the youngest ever winner of an LPGA Tour event, the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic. A few months later she captured the Dubai Ladies Masters, becoming the second youngest golfer to win a Ladies European Tour event. In winning the 2014 Kraft Nabsico Championship she became the second youngest woman golfer to capture a major championship title.
Her second major championship looked all but assured in the 2017 ANA Inspiration, until she was hit with a four-shot penalty on the 12th green on the final day. The penalty, which took her from a two shot lead to a two shot deficit, was for an unintentional and inconsequential rule "infringement" that occured on the previous day. The "infringement" was not picked-up by anyone at the event, but was spotted by a hyperactive armchair TV viewer. Thompson fought back from the bizarrely imposed penalty, but eventually lost to the Korean So-yeon Ryu at the first sudden-death playoff hole.
Played as the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer (June 7-9). Second-placed Jeongeun Lee (S Kor; playing as Jeongeun Lee6) finished 1 shot behind Lexi Thompson (USA), who took the title with a birdie-par-eagle finish in the final round. [Bay course, Seaview Resort, Galloway, nr Atlantic City, NJ].
Played as the CME Group Tour Championship (Nov 15-18; LPGA Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Nelly Korda (USA) finished 4 shots behind Lexi Thompson (USA), who recorded her tenth LPGA Tour win. [Gold course, Tiburón GC, Naples, FL].
Played as the inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim (Sept 7-9). Second-placed Lydia Ko (NZ) finished 4 shots behind Thompson (USA). [Brickyard Crossing GC, Indianapolis, IN].
Thompson (USA) won the LPGA Tour season-long points chase, to capture the Race to the CME Globe and $1 million bonus. Sung-hyun Park (S Kor) was second with 6,250 pts; Ariya Jutanugarn (Thai) was third with 5,900 pts. The Globe is awarded based on points earned for "above the cut line" finishes during the LPGA Tour season.
Played as the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC (May 18-21). Second-placed In-gee Chun (S Kor) finished 5 shots behind Lexi Thompson (USA), who recorded her eighth LPGA Tour win. [River course, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA].
Thompson (USA) won the Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour. Sung-hyun Park (S Kor) was second with 69.247; In-gee Chun (S Kor) was third with 69.415.
Played as the Honda LPGA Thailand (Feb 25-28; LPGA Tour event). Second-placed In Gee Chun (S Kor) finished 6 shots behind Lexi Thompson (USA), who recorded her seventh LPGA Tour win. [Old course, Siam CC, Pattaya].
Played as the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship (Oct 15-18; KLPGA/LPGA Tours event). Second-placed Yani Tseng (Taiw) and Sung-hyun Park (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind Lexi Thompson (USA), who recorded her second LPGA Tour win of 2015. [Ocean course, Sky 72 GC, Incheon, S Korea].
Played as the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft (July 23-26). Second-placed Lizette Salas (USA) and Gerina Piller (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lexi Thompson (USA), who recorded her fifth LPGA Tour win. [Blythefield CC, Belmont, nr Grand Rapids, Michigan].
Played as the Kraft Nabisco Championship (43rd) (April 3-6). Second-placed Michelle Wie (USA) finished 3 shots behind Thompson (USA), who claimed her first major championship title. 19-year-old Thompson became the second youngest woman to win a major; Morgan Pressel (USA) won the same title in 2007, aged 18. [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].
Played as the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia (Oct 10-13; LPGA Tour event). Second-placed Shanshan Feng (USA) finished 4 shots behind Lexi Thompson (USA), who claimed her second LPGA Tour win. [East course, TPC Kuala Lumpur, KL, Malaysia; at the time known as Kuala Lumpur G&CC].
Played as the Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Banamex (Nov 14-17). Second-placed Stacy Lewis (USA) finished 1 shot behind Thompson (USA), who recorded her second LPGA Tour title in 2013. [Guadalajara CC, Jalisco, Mexico].
Played as the Navistar LPGA Classic (Sept 15-18). Second-placed Tiffany Joh (USA) finished 5 shots behind Lexi Thompson (USA). Aged 16 yrs 7 mths & 8 days, Thompson became the youngest ever winner in the LPGA's 61-year history. [Senator course, RTJ Golf Trail at Capitol Hill, Prattville, Alabama].
Played as the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters (Dec 14-17; LET season-ending event). Second-placed Lee-Anne Pace (RSA) finished 4 shots behind 16-year-old Lexi Thompson (USA), who became the youngest ever professional winner on the Ladies European Tour. [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].
Played as the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. Thompson (USA) beat Karen Chung (USA) 5 and 4 in the final. [Hartford GC, West Hartford, Connecticut].
European Tour: 2021 marks the 50th and last season of the world renowned European Tour, launched in April 1972 at the Spanish Open. From 2022 the Tour will be sponsored by Dubai-based global supply chain and ports operator DP World, and will be known as the DP World Tour.
South African Open: December 2021 events in South Africa have again been impacted by the Covid pandemic. The South African Open (Dec 2-5) will no longer be played as a DP World Tour event, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12) has been cancelled.
Bernhard Langer: at age 64, Langer collected a record sixth Charles Schwab Cup, the only player to have won the season-long points chase more than twice. He also topped the PGA Tour Champions money-list for the 11th time out of a possible 13 since 2008.
Carlota Ciganda: the five-time Solheim Cup star was delighted to record a fourth Ladies European Tour win in her home national championship, the Ladies Spanish Open.
Lee Elder: Trailblazer, Ryder Cup player, four-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Senior PGA Tour winner, Lee Elder died on November 28, aged 87. In 1975 he became the first African American golfer to play in the Masters tournament, and in so doing provided one of the pivotal moments in the history of professional golf.
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