Lexi Thompson has made the decision to retire from professional golf at the age of 29. The announcement was made on Tuesday, with Thompson stating that she plans to retire after the current LPGA season.

Challenges of Professional Athletics

During a press conference ahead of the U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania, Thompson expressed the challenges that professional athletes face. She emphasized the difficulties that come with being in the public eye and the impact of negative words on athletes. Thompson also highlighted the importance of having a strong support system during tough times.

Thompson’s Career

Thompson has been in the public eye since she became the youngest qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Open at the age of 12. Throughout her career, she has secured 11 LPGA Tour wins, one major victory at the 2014 Chevron Championship, and has come close to winning other major events. Despite her successes, Thompson has also faced setbacks, including a painful four-stroke penalty at the 2017 Chevron that cost her a second major.

Impact on Women’s Golf

Thompson’s retirement has left a mark on the world of women’s golf. With over $14 million in career earnings, Thompson has made a significant impact on the sport. Her decision to retire has been met with mixed emotions, with many expressing sadness for women’s golf but also happiness for Thompson as she embarks on a new chapter in her life.

Legacy and Inspirations

Thompson’s impact extends beyond her professional achievements. She made history by competing in the PGA Tour’s Shriners Open in October, coming close to becoming the first woman to make the cut at a PGA event since 1945. Her presence in the tournament inspired many and showcased her skill and determination.

Looking Ahead

As Thompson prepares to retire from professional golf, her legacy in the sport will continue to inspire future generations of athletes. Her impact on women’s golf and her groundbreaking achievements have left an indelible mark on the sport.

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