Lexi Thompson – “My Dog Saved My Life”

Lexi Thompson - "My Dog Saved My Life"

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After completing her second round at the Aramco Team Series, Lexi Thompson revealed how much of a part her havapoo dog, Leo, has played in her life.

Lexi Thompson - "My Dog Saved My Life"

Bursting onto the scene when she qualified for the Women's US Open as a 12-year-old, Lexi Thompson is one of the game's biggest stars.

However, in 2018, the American decided to take a break from the game, sighting a number of personal reasons.

Abruptly withdrawing from the 2018 Women's British Open citing emotional and mental exhaustion, Thompson wrote on Instagram: "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."

Since her return, Thompson (opens in new tab) has secured two LPGA Tour victories. One of the main reasons for her successful return actually lies in her havapoo dog, Leo.

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"When I'm home I love hanging out with my family and friends, but when I'm on the road I go back and hang with my dog. He is my best friend and he saved my life and he's just amazing, so I'm very grateful that he came into my life."

According to reports, pets can play a huge part in your mental health, with both dogs and cats reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.

Thompson says that: "no matter what I shoot, this guy is giving me kisses no matter what."

It's been proven that pets can also ease loneliness, an important factor in a time where self-isolation at events is often mandatory.

Lexi Thompson Dog

Michelle Wie poses with her dog Lola. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

It's not just Thompson who brings their pet pooch with them to events, Michelle Wie (opens in new tab) often brings her dog Lola to tournaments, as does Jessica Korda (opens in new tab) with her dog Foxy.

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.