According to a Golfweek report, Lexi Thompson requested to be media-free in the days leading up to the LPGA’s second major due to the fact that her mother, Judy, is undergoing treatment for uterine cancer, according to Thompson’s agent, Bobby Kreusler.
Kreusler said that Thompson’s mother began experiencing symptoms in May, and underwent surgery on June 6. Thompson returned home to Coral Springs, Fla., to be with her mother while she received radiation therapy. Judy is also a breast cancer survivor.
Thompson, this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship favorite, asked to skip media sessions early in the week due to shorter than normal preparation time and the emotional toll the situation has taken on her. Kreusler said Thompson will return to regularly scheduled media when the tournament begins Thursday.
This is the LPGA’s second major of the year and the first since Thompson’s rules infraction and subsequent loss at the ANA Inspiration in April.
Thompson lost the ANA Inspiration to new World No. 1 So Yeon Ryu in a playoff after incurring a four-stroke penalty during her final round. She incorrectly marked a ball on the 17th green during the third round at Mission Hill, and then unknowingly signed for an incorrect score card. She was assessed the penalty on the 12th hole of her final round, and despite being visibly distraught, Thompson fought her way into a playoff. She lost on the first hole.
“I’m so over it,” Lexi said of the event. “It’s in the past. It’s unfortunate what happened, but it’s time to move on.”
That she has. Thompson won the Kingsmill Championship with a commanding five-stroke win at 20-under par, her bogey-free 65 on Sunday helping her set a tournament record of 268. She’s finished tied for second in her last two tournaments, the Manulife LPGA Classic and the Meijer LPGA Classic.
Thompson will seek her second major title at 2:50 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Lydia Ko and Inbee Park.