Over the years, several golfers have received fines for many of their mistakes. Earlier this year, Lexi Thompson was on the verge of winning her first Major after nearly eight years.
Nonetheless, after an intriguing final round, Thompson blew the lead and also ended up receiving a fine for slow play at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
The last time Thompson got her hands over the Major silverware was back in 2014 when she won the 2014 Chevron Championship. However, since then her Major win drought has continued.
Nonetheless, the LPGA star came close to ending the losing streak at the Congressional Country Club earlier this year.
While competing at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Thompson blew away her two-stroke lead in the final round. Moreover, the evening only got much worse for the 26-year-old, as she was handed a 4-figure fine for slow play.
Lexi Thompson was fined $2000 for slow play in the final round; Justin Thomas came in her defense
Many golfers in recent years have been accused of slow play. Bryson DeChambeau is one notable golfer who has been struck with allegations constantly. However, to be fined in the final round when the golfers are seeking to win the Major may seem a little obnoxious.
Lexi Thompson was playing her final round at the Congressional Golf Club alongside Hye-Jin Choi and In Gee Chun. With only two holes left to decide the Major winner, the group was put on the clock. However, they completed the final round in 5 hours and 45 minutes.
As the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship concluded, Thompson was fined $2000 for the slow play. As the news of Thompson getting fined in the final round made headlines, Justin Thomas tweeted his support for the LPGA star.
He wrote, “I’m all for helping slow play, but putting those ladies on the clock with 2 holes left trying to win a major seems like a good read the room situation and don’t put them on the clock”.
Whether Choi and Chun were fined or not remains publicly unknown. Lexi Thompson finished tied in the 2nd position, just a stroke below the winner In Gee Chum. She earned $718,000, so the $2,000 fine probably didn’t hurt too much. Regardless, the commission followed the rulebook and enforced the rulings on Thompson.