Wind wasn’t only a factor for the men during the 117th U.S. Open on Sunday. Players on the LPGA Tour faced similar humbling experiences, especially the 22-year-old star Lexi Thompson. A repeat was just out of reach at this year’s Meijer LPGA Classic. Thompson succumbed to inclement weather and Brooke Henderson.
Thompson came away with the trophy last year with a one-stroke victory over the field shooting 18-under par at Blythefield Country Club. But this time around, the conditions in Belmont, Michigan — which is approximately two hours northeast of Detroit — were anything but helpful.
The reigning champ entered the final round 17-under, but the heavy winds affected her game and she gave up the lead to Henderson — who took the title carding 21-under over the weekend.
“It was just swirling so it was tough to really concentrate on the shot that you wanted to hit and commit to it,” Thompson said after her round. “Like the other three days, it was pretty easy to commit to it. Today was definitely a little more difficult.”
Her final round included four bogeys — two on the front nine and two more on the back nine — and just four birdies. Three too many bogeys caused Thompson a chance to repeat, as she tied for second three strokes behind Henderson.
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“I knew where I stood with four holes to go,” Thompson said. “I figured I was up there somewhat, but it didn’t really change the way I played. I played aggressive all day and how I did the last three days. I just didn’t play as well.”
It’s not only the wind, though. The LPGA Tour is made up of many incredibly talented golfers, so much so that each of the 15 tournaments have had 15 different winners.
“Just shows the amount of talent that’s out on this tour,” Thompson said. “It’s such a global tour, so it doesn’t really matter where you’re from, it’s what you bring to the table. But yeah, you never know who’s going to win when you tee it up, so just got to hope it’s you.”
So, what’s next for the No. 4 player in the world? With only three tournaments left before the U.S. Open on July 13-16, Thompson will need to regain her confidence — which shouldn’t be difficult for one of the best golfers on Tour.