One person who has been accustomed to making history is Lexi Thompson and this week will see her make some more in the Franklin Templeton Shootout, as she becomes the second woman to ever participate in a Greg Norman’s PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament holding at Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, at the Tiburon Gold Club.
When she was 10 years old, she had tried to qualify for the U.S. Women’s open at the Imperial Country Club. However, she didn’t go far as she ended up shooting a 77, which saw her dreams shattered at the local qualifier.
Two years later, she finally qualified at the age of 12 and also over the next two years in 2009 at 14 years of age. She also tied for a 27th to qualify for an LPGA event.
At the LPGA Tour’s season-ending CME Group Tour championship in Nov, Thompson didn’t play too well as she tied for the 40th, even though she went on to end the season as one of the only two Americans to win during the LPGA Tour.
She also remains at the World No 5 position as the highest ranked American and after playing at the CME, she has realized what it would look like to play at the Shootout.
She averages about 277 yards of the tee, which is the second on the LPGA Tour and around 200th on the PGA Tour ahead of fellow shootout players such as Jerry Kelly, Luke Donald and K.J. Choi.
During the CME, Thompson had said,
“I haven’t thought much about it but this week being around all the volunteers who are excited I’m realizing the experience that week will be fun,”
“I’m going to treat the invitation to play as an honor for sure.”