Making Moves: Lexi Thompson On the Rise

Thompson of the United States acknowledges the crowd after a putt on the third green during the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give at Blythefield Country Club
Lexi Thompson of the United States acknowledges the crowd after a putt on the third green during the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give at Blythefield Country ClubPhoto Credit: Raj Mehta Photography LLC

Despite falling short in Belmont, Mich., and missing out on her first LPGA Tour win since the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer in 2019, Lexi Thompson showcased her incredible talent even after falling to Lilia Vu in a three-hole playoff.

She still had the move of the week, jumping 21 spots in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings from No. 60 to No. 39. The 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give champion showcased her skill at Blythefield Country Club, finishing the week at 16-under to force a playoff with Vu and Grace Kim.

The major champion, a force to be reckoned with on the LPGA Tour since 2012, has built an awe-inspiring track record. With 11 Tour wins, 89 career top-10 finishes and over $14.2 million in earnings, she has firmly established herself as a golf powerhouse.

The 29-year-old maintained her composure and delivered four stellar rounds of 71-68-68-68 at the Meijer LPGA Classic. This performance serves as a significant confidence boost for Thompson as she sets her sights on representing the United States for a seventh time at the 2024 Solheim Cup, with the hope of reclaiming the Cup at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.

“I don’t feel like I’ve been in a final group in a minute. I know Arizona, I was somewhat close, but I don’t think I was in the final group,” said the Tour veteran. “It’s been a while (since) having those emotions, maybe Solheim Cup and having those emotions coming down the stretch and making the putts when needed.

“It’s always a great feeling to be able to pull off the shots under pressure and when it matters most. Just shows your hard work is paying off, and you’re in control.”

Thompson’s success last week could be a catalyst for her 2024 season, one that propels her up in the rankings. With two majors and the Solheim Cup on the horizon, she seems to be finding form at an ideal time.

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