Lexi Thompson Falls Short in Historic Bid to Make PGA Cut
In a groundbreaking moment for women’s golf, Lexi Thompson aimed to become the first woman to make a PGA cut since 1945. The 26-year-old professional golfer showcased her skills at the Shriners Children’s Open, finishing at even par after two rounds.
Thompson displayed her determination in the second round, carding an impressive 69 after a decent start with a 73 in the first round. However, her efforts ultimately fell short as the cut ended up at 3-under. Nevertheless, Thompson’s achievement made her only the second woman to finish a round in the 60s on the PGA Tour, following in the footsteps of Michelle Wie West.
Despite missing the cut, Thompson conveyed her gratitude for the opportunity to play alongside some of the best male golfers and inspire young children. The talented golfer was invited to participate in the tournament as a sponsor’s exemption, further highlighting her standing in the sport.
Renowned for her prowess as one of the longer hitters on the LPGA Tour, Thompson held her own playing from the PGA tees, boasting an exceptional average driving distance of 300.75 yards. Her remarkable skills have been evident throughout her career, which includes a noteworthy feat as the youngest-ever qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Open at the tender age of 12.
Thompson’s inclusion in the PGA tournament aimed to generate increased interest and viewership for both men’s and women’s golf. Her presence on the course was a testament to the growing recognition and opportunities for women in traditionally male-dominated sports.
Thompson’s historic participation marked the first time a woman had competed in a PGA tournament since Brittany Lincicome in 2018, breaking barriers and pushing the boundaries of gender equality in the world of golf.
Although Lexi Thompson narrowly missed making the cut, her groundbreaking journey at the Shriners Children’s Open will undoubtedly serve as a source of inspiration for future generations of female golfers, encouraging them to strive for greatness and challenge longstanding stereotypes in the sport.