Thompson withdraws from British Open to ‘focus on myself’

Fifth-ranked American Lexi Thompson announced on Instagram on Wednesday that she has withdrawn from next week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes to “focus on myself.”

“It is extremely difficult for me not to play in this prestigious Major, but I realized recently that I need to take some time to work on myself,” Thompson said in her post. “The events of the past year and a half (on and off the golf course) have taken a tremendous toll on me both mentally and emotionally. I have not truly felt like myself for quite some time.

“I am therefore taking this time to recharge my mental batteries, and to focus on myself away from the game of professional golf. Thank you all so much for your continued support. I hope to see everyone soon as I plan to defend my title at the 2018 Indy Women in Tech Championship.”

Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know that I am officially withdrawing from the 2018 Ricoh Women's British Open. It is extremely difficult for me not to play in this prestigious Major, but I realized recently that I need to take some time to work on myself. The events of the past year and a half (on and off the golf course) have taken a tremendous toll on me both mentally and emotionally. I have not truly felt like myself for quite some time. I am therefore taking this time to recharge my mental batteries, and to focus on myself away from the game of professional golf.Thank you all so much for your continued support. I hope to see everyone soon as I plan to defend my title at the 2018 Indy Women in Tech Championship. Lexi

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The Indy Women in Tech Championship begins Aug. 16.

Last year saw Thompson commit a controversial four-stroke penalty for incorrectly marking her ball in a playoff at the ANA Inspiration and subsequently miss a two-foot putt for the potential win at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.

Off the course, Thompson’s mother, Judy, has been battling uterine cancer.

Thompson, 23, is winless in 13 starts this year, though she has five top-10 finishes. She owns nine career LPGA wins, with the most recent coming in Indianapolis last year. Her lone major title came at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, in the event now known as the ANA Inspiration.

Thompson is due to be part of the United States’ team in the UL International, scheduled for Oct. 4-7 at Incheon, South Korea. If she extends her sabbatical and winds up missing the event, Danielle Kang would be next in line based on the point standings that were used to set the teams earlier this month.

–Field Level Media

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