Lexi Thompson retires from full-time golf at age 29 – NBC 6 South Florida

Lexi Thompson will retire from full-time competition this year, ending a career filled with powerful play, appeal to young fans and plenty of star-crossed moments in the majors.

She announced this on Instagram on Tuesday.

Thompson was scheduled to speak later Tuesday ahead of the U.S. Women’s Open.

She’s playing in her 18th Women’s Open, and the fact she’s only 29 speaks to a career that started at such a young age.

Thompson was 12 when she qualified for the US Women’s Open at Pine Needles in 2007, the youngest ever to qualify at the time. She also set an LPGA Tour record as the youngest winner when she captured the Navistar LPGA Classic at age 16.

Both records have since been broken.

Thompson won 15 times on the LPGA Tour but only one major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, California. She was second in four other majors, most notably being penalized four shots in the final round of the 2017 Kraft Nabisco for a rule violation the day before, and losing a five-shot lead at The Olympic Club in the 2021 US Women’s Open .

She grew up playing with her brothers, two of whom reached the PGA Tour, and was known for her strength. Thompson accepted an exemption to play at the PGA Tour event in Las Vegas last year, where she briefly kept fans in suspense about making the cut until she faded.

For all her prodigious power, Thompson has nearly five years since her last LPGA victory.

Her latest victory came at a Ladies European Tour event funded by Saudi Arabia’s Aramco in autumn 2022.

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