Lexi Thompson: “It’s an unbelievable feeling”

When it comes to Lexi Thompson, there is no shortage of Drive On spirit. The one-time preteen sensation who spent her life growing up in the glare of the public spotlight is living proof that life is not about whether you get knocked down, but rather what you do when you get back up. Lexi knows how to get back. There is seemingly no end to the resolve in this woman. On Sunday, after a disappointing 41 on the back nine left her one stroke out of the playoff at the U.S. Women’s Open won by Yuka Saso over Nasa Hataoka, Thompson got back up and stood strong.

Lexi Thompson, statements

“I really didn’t feel like I hit any bad golf shots. That’s what this golf course can do to you, and that’s what I’ve said all week. But overall, I’d be the first one to tell you that I hit some bad golf shots and I deserved it, but it’s golf. I’ve been working with my mental coach John Denney. I worked with him in 2016 and 2017 and now I’m working with him again. I just realized that I needed to change my mindset. Obviously, I needed to work on some technical things in my game, but the mental side, I think, was really getting to me. I was just taking it way too seriously and thinking that Lexi depended on my score. Yeah, of course it’s hard to smile, but, I mean, it was an amazing week. Yeah, I played not so good today with a few of the bogeys coming in on the back nine, but the fans were unbelievable, hearing the chants and just gives me a reason to play. It was just an unbelievable feeling to be out here and play this golf course. I’ve never been out here, so it was a blessing, and I’ll take today and I’ll learn from it and have a lot more weeks ahead, a lot more years. I have a tournament next week, so we’ll take it from here”.

Alena Sharp is a 16-year LPGA Tour veteran and Olympic athlete from Canada. He wrote an article for the LPGA web site.

“I’ve been married to my wife Sarah Bowman, who is also my caddie, since November of 2020 and our union is more accepted now than at any point in history. People view us now as married people. We’re the couple, just like any other. That’s a big jump from just a few years ago and lightyears from where society was when I was a kid. I’m 40 now and have been on the LPGA Tour for 16 years. When I was a rookie, my friends and family knew that I was gay. But it wasn’t something that I publicized. I didn’t want to alienate any potential sponsors and didn’t want to put any of my existing sponsors in an awkward spot. I wasn’t closeted. I just lived my life quietly, keeping my orientation out of the public eye. Even that was better than the way society viewed us when I was young. I noticed when I was 15 years old that I was finding women more attractive than men. I tried not to think about it, but it was always there. My last year of junior golf, when I was 17, I realized it more. It’s hard because you’re a kid and having feelings that you don’t understand. But who can you tell? I was raised Catholic where the teachings were clear: is a sin. My grandparents and parents went to Mass and followed the precepts of their faith, so I couldn’t talk to them. I already knew what the priests would say. And this isn’t exactly a conversation that you have with teenaged friends. Then when I went to college. I was really confused because I was dating men and afraid to date a woman. I knew I wanted to; I knew by then that I was strongly attracted to women, but at that time there was an inherent fear. A fear of rejection; a fear of discrimination; a fear of being shut out and closed off from the relationships that mattered most to me at the time. And there was, at times, a palpable fear of physical harm. There were still parts of the United States and Canada where you could be assaulted because of your orientation. So, in addition to all the other things a college freshman goes through, I battled all those questions, feeling, and fears”.