Lexi Thompson tearfully reflects on retiring from golf at 29: ‘Being out here can be a lot’

Lexi Thompson tearfully reflects on retiring from golf at 29: ‘Being out here can be a lot’
Lexi Thompson — in the golf spotlight since she was 12 and one of the game’s biggest stars — became emotional as she discussed her decision to retire from playing full time on the LPGA Tour at just 29 years old.

“Being out here can be a lot. It can be lonely. Sorry if I get emotional. I said I wasn’t going to,” Thompson said, as she teared up during a press conference Tuesday ahead of this week’s U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania. “I just think, especially with what’s happened in golf, people don’t realize a lot of what we go through as a professional athlete. I’ll be the last person to say, ‘Throw me a pity party.’ That’s the last thing I want.”

Thompson, who will complete the LPGA season before semi-retirement, appeared to be referencing PGA Tour golfer Grayson Murray,

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