Lexi Thompson Set to Compete in Historic PGA Tour Event
A New Chapter in Golf History
Get ready for an unprecedented moment in the world of golf as Lexi Thompson, an accomplished player on the LPGA Tour, is about to make history. She has been granted a coveted spot to compete alongside male golfers at the Shriners Children’s Open next week. This remarkable feat will place her among only seven women who have ever participated in a PGA Tour event.
A Trailblazer Among Champions
With eleven victories under her belt on the LPGA Tour, Thompson has proven herself time and again as one of the best female golfers out there. Now, she aims to show that her talent knows no bounds by taking on this new challenge.
The exclusive sponsor exemption she received allows her entry into the highly competitive field of 132 players competing for a staggering $8.4 million prize purse at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas from October 12th onwards.
Joining an Elite Group
In joining this illustrious group that includes legends such as Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sörenstam, Suzey Whaley, Michelle Wie West and Brittany Lincicome; Thompson adds another chapter to their incredible stories by becoming part of their legacy. Zaharias was not only known for winning Olympic gold medals but also paved the way with appearances at both Phoenix Open and Tucson Open back in1935 when few women dared step onto a PGA tour event course.
Drawing Inspiration from the Past
Thompson draws inspiration from those who came before her, recognizing their courage and determination. She understands the importance of pursuing one’s dreams, no matter how daunting they may seem at first.
In an interview with the PGA Tour, Thompson expressed her motivation saying, “I was inspired when they did it. Going after what you want, leaving a bigger message out there that if you have a goal in mind – whether it’s golf or anything in life – if you put your mind to it and have a positive attitude and work towards what you want, anything is possible.”
An Impressive Golf Career
Thompson has had an outstanding career so far. She recently represented the US Solheim Cup team but narrowly missed out on victory against Europe in Spain last month. Although she impressed with a tied-8th finish at the LPGA Tour’s Arkansas Championship on Sunday, she hasn’t secured a win since triumphing at the ShopRite LPGA Classic back in June 2019.
Despite this slight setback, Thompson can proudly claim one major title to her name – winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship (now known as Chevron Championship) in 2014.
A Powerful Message for All
As an avid supporter of equality and inclusivity initiatives for children with disabilities, Lexi recognizes The Shriners Children’s Open as more than just another tournament. In an Instagram post sharing her excitement about participating alongside these inspirational children, she said: “The Shriners Children’s supports all children regardless of gender or disabilities; and we know disability does not discriminate.” She believes that by showcasing her skills among male counterparts next week, she will be sending a powerful message to young women everywhere: that they can pursue their dreams, no matter how difficult they may seem.
Thompson is eager to visit Las Vegas and express her gratitude to the Shriners for this incredible opportunity. So, let’s get ready to witness history being made as Lexi Thompson takes on the challenge of competing in the PGA Tour event.
History Repeats Itself
Last year’s tournament was won by South Korean golfer Kim “Tom” Joo-hyung. At just 20 years old, he became the youngest player ever to win twice on the PGA Tour before turning 21. And what makes his victory even more extraordinary is that he achieved it without carding a single bogey during the entire tournament.