Lexi Thompson angry with the course of Evian

“My words were only intended to express my frustration at not playing well in a Major tournament and the unfortunate bounces we all experience while playing this crazy game of golf,” she wrote

by Andrea Gussoni
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Lexi Thompson angry with the course of Evian
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You have to make a reason for it. Lexi Thompson will never play again in Major mode for Evian-les-Bains (74). Aged 29, she is indeed conspicuous by her absence in the field of the 2024 edition of a tournament which is celebrating its 30 years of existence this week.

The one who announced her retirement at the end of the season several weeks ago has not made the trip to France since 2019 when she did not make the cut. That year, she expressed her dissatisfaction on social networks, explaining in summary that good shots were not rewarded on the course of the Champions Course at the Evian Resort Golf Club.

“I’m really happy not to have to endure this for two more days,” she said after missing the cut. Evian is a magnificent place but there are too many bad things for me, so I prefer to say goodbye. » Always welcomed by the organization of the tournament at the height of her aura within the LPGA, the American, certainly filled with remorse, subsequently deleted her message before posting a second one, much more diplomatic...

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“My words were only intended to express my frustration at not playing well in a Major tournament and the unfortunate bounces we all experience while playing this crazy game of golf,” she wrote.

I didn't mean it in a mean way at all. Obviously it's not the course that suits me best in recent years, but some girls are playing very well and I wish them good luck this weekend. » Since then, we have not seen the pretty Floridian on the French shores of Lake Geneva.

If her last outings in this unique Major (men and women combined) contested in continental Europe were failures (missed cuts in 2019 and 2018, 48th out of 54 holes in 2017), Lexi Thompson was nevertheless able to achieve victory, notably in 2015 where she played for the win (2nd by one stroke after three rounds) before finally taking 2nd place six strokes behind Lydia Ko.

In 2013, for the first in Major mode in Evian, she finished in 3rd place ( over 54 holes), four lengths behind the Norwegian Suzann Pettersen. Absent in Evian this year, she will however be in Scotland, at St Andrews, for the AIG Women’s Open (August 22-25). This will be his last Grand Slam tournament!

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