Lexi Thompson Explains Why She Decided to Retire

"I feel like I'm very content with where my life is and where this decision will lead me to."

by Sead Dedovic
Lexi Thompson Explains Why She Decided to Retire
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Today we confirmed that Lexi Thompson has decided to end her career after the conclusion of 2024. The LPGA Tour golfer has been a part of the golf scene for years, although her age (29) might not suggest it. The fact that she appeared in a Major at the age of 12 says enough. This great golfer will have the opportunity to compete at the US Women's Open this week. 

In a media interview, Thompson decided to explain her decision and reveal the reasons why she chose to retire. Thompson admitted that she started playing golf at the age of 5, and a few years later, she began competing in tournaments. That lifestyle became ingrained in her.

“Golf has been my life ever since I was 5 years old, tournaments when I was 7. I haven't really known much of a life different, but it's been an amazing one.”- Thompson said, as quoted by Golf Monthly.

What we discussed in the earlier article has proven to be true. Thompson has become tired of the daily grind and playing golf, considering she has been part of that routine for years. Lexi is excited about a new chapter in her life, expecting great things in the future. The most important thing for her is to be happy where she is in life, but this 29-year-old golfer still looks forward to change and something new ahead.

"There's more things to life than going to a tournament every week and doing the same training every day. There's just more to it, and I'm looking forward to experiencing that.

I feel like I'm very content with where my life is and where this decision will lead me to. Yeah, I'm just looking forward to what life has in store other than golf.”- Thompson continued.

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Thompson elaborated that she's not committing to a specific number of events or whether she'll play at all. Instead, Lexi will assess it day by day, particularly as she looks ahead to next year. However, this great golfer is satisfied with this being her final full-time schedule year.

Thompson doesn't intend to delve too deeply into her plans regarding her golf career, aware that there isn't much time left. It seems like this 29-year-old will play out her tournaments without much motivation, impatiently waiting to end her career. The fact that she's been in the golf world for 17 years, counting the fact that she appeared in a Major at the age of 12, says a lot. Thompson has grown tired of golf, of the obligations, and likely the pressure that comes with playing in big tournaments.

Lexi Thompson: A lot of people don't know what we go through

Thompson discussed the hardships that professional players face. She highlighted that many people may not fully understand the challenges they endure. Despite these challenges, she emphasized that professional athletes are dedicated to their craft and strive to perform at their best every day.

It is a well-known fact that modern sports demand huge effort and dedication, which may not have been the case in the past. Today's professional athletes focus on every aspect of their lives to improve their performance in their respective sports. Sometimes, this can be exhausting for them, and some even succumb to the pressure and abandon their goals. Thompson has been fully prepared for years. She emphasizes that some still fail to see how much effort today's athletes put in and what awaits them in their careers.

“I think it's a lot for everyone out here or in any professional sport. A lot of people don't know what we go through. The amount of training and hard work that we put ourselves through, it's a lot. I don't think we deserve - I think we deserve a lot more credit than what we get.”- Thompson continued.

The 29-year-old golfer has decided to talk about her plans for the future, specifically after the end of her career. Lexi admitted that she loves fitness and intends to focus on it in the future. Her primary goal is to have the Lexi Fitness app, which will likely be released soon. Thompson wants to enjoy life with her family. Her ambitions include starting a family in the future.

The popular golfer admitted that she had been contemplating her career for a long time and decided to make this move. Thompson waited for the right moment and time to confirm her decision. Her intentions are to finish out the season and finally turn over a new leaf in her life.

I've been thinking about it for a few months now. It's just a matter of time and place."- Thompson concluded.

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