The ball doesn’t know who’s hitting it, as they say, but could it wager a guess and was spotted a Thompson, it wouldn’t come up with Lexi. “The first time I saw her hit a golf ball,” her
caddie Benji Thompson [no relation] said, “I could not be-
lieve it. She compresses it like men do.”
Lexi Thompson learned to hit a ball hard from trying to
keep up with a pair of older brothers. One, Nicholas, is a PGA
Tour player; the other, Curtis, a member of the LSU golf
team. “She’s as long as she is because she played with boys,”
her father Scott Thompson said. “And she plays aggressive
golf because she played with boys. That’s huge.”
Thompson’s disinclination to lay up or power down was
evident in the way she overpowered a golf course, steamrolled
Michelle Wie and won a major championship last week.
The Kraft Nabisco Championship is the LPGA’s showcase
event and by virtue of her three-stroke victory at Mission
Hills CC in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Thompson could eventually emerge as its showcase player. Only 19, she already has
four victories, three since last October, and notice has been
served. This was her down payment on the future.
“It’s definitely been a long time coming,” Stacy Lewis said.
“She’s one of the best ball-strikers on tour. As far as she hits
it, it’s a powerful combination. Her putting and confidence
“She’s one of the best ball-
strikers on tour. Her putting
and confidence just needed
to catch up.”—Stacy Lewis