Lexi Thompson Pulls Out Of Women's British Open

The American is taking some time away from the game to focus on herself

Lexi Thompson Pulls Out Of Women's British Open

The 23-year-old is taking time out to focus on herself

Lexi Thompson Pulls Out Of Women's British Open

World number five Lexi Thompson has pulled out of next week's Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes citing a need to "take some time to work on myself."

The nine-time LPGA Tour winner posted her withdrawal on Instagram saying, "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."

The 23-year-old has had a difficult past 18 months, firstly being docked four strokes at the ANA Inspiration, the first women's major of the year, mid-round on the final day for a rules infringement the previous day. She ultimately lost in a playoff to miss out on her second major.

That incident went viral across the golfing, and sporting, world and resulted in video replay rulings being drastically changed.

Also last year, her mother was diagnosed with cancer and was given the all clear in November.

Lexi also missed a two-footer on the 72nd hole to miss out by one at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.

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Ariya Jutanugarn finished birdie-birdie to pip her by one, although Lexi did win the $1,000,000 bonus for winning the Race to the CME Globe.

She has said that she will return at the Indy Women in Tech Championship mid-August to defend the title she won last year.

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"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"

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x