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‘You haven’t always been easy on me’: Lexi Thompson announces shock retirement

11 LPGA Tour wins and a major championship down the line, Lexi Thompson has announced her surprise retirement before the US Women’s Open…

 

Lexi Thompson has announced she will retire from golf at the end of the season.

Thompson revealed her decision via the USGA website on Tuesday of the 2024 US Women’s Open, a tournament she played for the first time at the age of 12.

Thompson is set to address the media at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania later.

She was the youngest player in the event’s history after making the 2007 championship. Now 29 years old, Thompson walks away from the women’s game as one of its biggest and most recognisable stars.

lexi thompson retires

In a video posted on her Instagram page, Thompson looked back on her career in a game that “hasn’t always been easy”, but she also remembered the highs of her victories…

Lexi Thompson: Retirement comes as huge surprise

Thompson won the US Girl’s Championship in 2008 and made the cut at the US Women’s Open at the age of 14. She is about to make her 18th consecutive start at the tournament where she came tied for second in 2019.

A one-time major champion, she turned professional in 2010 at 15 years old and has 11 LPGA Tour titles to her name. Since winning the 2014 Chevron Championship, Thompson has had 16 major top-10s.

Having become a regular feature in the top 10 of the Rolex Rankings, Thompson has also played for the US Solheim Cup side six times, and she has represented the United States twice at the Olympics.

It’s been a career of both ups and downs for the LPGA Tour star. At the 2017 Chevron Championship, she incurred a four-stroke penalty for wrongly replacing her ball after marking it and then signing a wrong scorecard.

In 2018, she withdrew from the 2018 AIG Women’s Open after admitting to “not feeling herself.” After a month’s break, Thomspon returned to win the CME Group Tour Championship.

Thompson played in the Shriner’s Children’s Open on the PGA Tour at the end of 2023, becoming the seventh woman to play on the PGA Tour.

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Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spoken to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, to name just a few.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

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