Lexi Thompson is a professional golfer with an impressive career, having earned over $11 million in winnings and won 11 LPGA Tour events.
Known for her aggressive style and powerful driving, Thompson is one of the most exciting and dynamic players in women’s golf. She has also competed in numerous major championships, including the US Women’s Open and the Women’s British Open, finishing in the top 10 on multiple occasions.
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As a trailblazer in women’s golf, Thompson’s star is only continuing to rise, and fans around the world eagerly anticipate her next appearance on the course. With her talent, determination, and unwavering dedication to the sport, she is sure to continue making headlines and inspiring fans for years to come.
With one point gained, but one left on the table, Lexi Thompson and the U.S. team at the International Crown have some work to do over the next two days.
Danielle Kang and Thompson lost to China’s Yu Liu and Ruixin Liu on the 18th hole in the final match of the day of the International Crown at Harding Park. Earlier, the pairing of Lilia Vu and Nelly Korda earned a comeback win to give the U.S. a point heading into Friday.
Thompson, ranked seventh, is the only American to have played in all four International Crowns. She also was projected to play on the team in 2020 before it was canceled because of the pandemic, and she’s looking to get back to winning ways after she missed some time to begin this season.
“We want to represent well,” Thompson said. “Golf is such an individual sport. We don’t get the opportunity to be alongside a teammate and a partner. … We want to do our best every time we tee it up, but especially representing our country and having a partner by our side, we want to do our best. It’s not just you.”
Thompson entered this week with a record of 7-3-1, 7-2-0 in four-ball matches and 0-1-1 in singles, during the past three versions of the event.
“You know, it was great the first year that we had it,” Thompson said. “I think every tournament that we have on this tour gets better and better. I think we improve on little things here and there.”
An 11-time LPGA winner, Thompson hasn’t earned an LPGA win since 2019. She played just two events in 2023 before the International Crown, missing the cut in the Chevron Championship and LPGA Drive On Championship. Without a major championship since 2014 when she was 19, Thompson has been dealt heartbreak after heartbreak on the course the past few years.
She lost a lead in the final group on the back nine in the 2021 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. In the final round, Thompson led by five strokes, but she carded a 5-over-par 41 on the back nine and missed a playoff by one stroke.
Thompson has had three runners-up recently, including a loss at the 2022 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and five runners-up and 11 top-five finishes in the past eight years.
“I got second in my first tournament I played this year, so that was pretty good,” she said. “I’m here this week with my teammates, and I’m going to represent well.”
The Americans lauded how China has played recently heading into the Lius’ victory over Thompson and Kang. The Chinese duo took the lead with a birdie on the 12th hole and tied every hole after, leaving the Americans to settle for the single point won by Korda and Vu heading into Day 2.
“They’ve been playing amazing,” Korda said Wednesday. “Match play is just a different ballgame.”
Upsets in the spotlight: No. 6 Thailand and No. 7 Australia both had solid days to earn two points. Australia swept South Korea, the No. 2 seed, giving the Koreans an uphill chore on the second day to advance to a semifinal. Thailand also handled No. 3 Japan in a surprising opening round.
“I think because all the teams in our pool are really strong, just to come out on the first day and have a really good day,” said Australia’s Minjee Lee. “It really sets the pace for the next few days.
China nearly pulled off a sweep of the U.S. if not for the comeback from Vu and Korda, who had a strong performance to take the lead on the 14th hole and didn’t look back.
“When Lilia just stuffed it on that par-3 and made that putt, that was kind of the turning point of the match, and I feel like we were pretty even throughout the entire match,” Korda said. “It was pretty much a grind, but then we kind of ran away with it toward the end.”
Sweden also won its two matches against England, tying it with Thailand and Australia at the top of the national teams’ leaderboard.