The big winner, 29, announces shock retirement from golf under ‘exhausting’ pressure

After starting her career as a 12-year-old star who went on to become a major champion on the LPGA Tour, Lexi Thompson has announced her retirement from golf at the end of the season.

Lexi Thompson’s only major title win came at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2014(Getty Images)

LPGA superstar Lexi Thompson has sensationally announced her intention to retire at the end of the 2024 season.

Ahead of her participation in this week’s US Women’s Open, Thompson took to social media to share a ‘letter’ about the match detailing her reasons for deciding to call time on her remarkable career. Her appearance at Lancaster Country Club will be her 18th consecutive start in the US Women’s Open, where she first qualified for the major when she was just 12 years old in 2007.

“Since I was 12, my life as a golfer has been a whirlwind of constant attention, control and pressure,” Thompson said. “The cameras are always on, capturing every swing and moment on and off the golf course.

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“Social media never sleeps with comments and criticism pouring in from all over the world. It can be exhausting to maintain a smile on the outside while dealing with struggles on the inside.

“Being open about my own struggles has allowed me to connect with others who feel isolated in their struggles, offering them a sense of community and understanding. Every time I share, it reinforces the message that it’s okay to not be okay and that seeking support is a sign of strength, not weakness.”

The 29-year-old added: “While it is never easy to say goodbye, it is indeed time.”

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