Lexi Thompson’s dramatic 2017 season
This year, Lexi Thompson has produced some of the best and most consistent golf of her career - but also narrowly missed out on doubling her major tally in dramatic circumstances.
Two victories, at the Kingsmill Championship and the inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship, a total of nine top ten finishes and a jump up to No.3 in the Rolex Rankings (at the time of writing) represents real progress for Thompson. For several years now she has proven herself capable of producing brilliant performances at the highest level but has lacked the consistency that her early potential suggested was achievable.
In addition to her achievements on the LPGA Tour, Thompson also played a starring role in Team USA’s resounding victory in the Solheim Cup at Des Moines Golf & Country Club: going unbeaten and winning three out of a possible four points. Despite all of this though, it is fair to say that her season could have been so much sweeter.
At the ANA Inspiration, the year’s opening major and the scene of Thompson’s single major victory to date, she came oh so close to taking a second leap into Poppie’s Pond. A viewer at home noticed an error in Thompson’s marking of a ball on the green during her third round, which resulted in her being notified during her final round of a four-shot penalty that was potentially fatal to her chances of glory.
Though understandably shaken and upset by this news Thompson dug deep and put in a characteristically gutsy display to fight back from her error and force a playoff with So Yeon Ryu, which she would go on to lose. Despite missing out on victory at Rancho Mirage, her performance set the tone for an excellent season and perhaps provided the platform and motivation for her to go on and win multiple majors in years to come.
2017 has certainly not been boring as far as Lexi is concerned.