Tuesday 25 July 2017

Lexi thanks fans for support as she accepts 'painful' ruling

Lexi thompson overshadowed the start of Masters week with the controversy over her rules infraction in the ANA Inspiration, the first women’s major of the season. Stock photo: PA
Lexi thompson overshadowed the start of Masters week with the controversy over her rules infraction in the ANA Inspiration, the first women’s major of the season. Stock photo: PA
Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

Lexi Thompson overshadowed the start of Masters week with the controversy over her rules infraction in the ANA Inspiration, the first women's Major of the season.

As the storm of opinion reverberated around the internet, Thompson had to come to terms with the loss of a Major title, and the overwhelming levels of pro and anti comments made about her.

Thompson was hit with the news she was being docked four shots for a Saturday infringement when she had just a third of the final round to play.

She could have folded, but she fought eventual winner Seo Yun Ryu all the way before losing in a play-off, and then faced the cameras.

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It was a long, emotional 24 hours but yesterday Thompson released an update on Instagram.

"Let me start by congratulating Seo Yun Ryu on her play-off victory," she said. "She fought extremely hard and played amazing golf.

"I don't want anything that happened yesterday to take away from Seo Yun's victory.

"The LPGA rules officials made a judgment call at the moment, and we as professional golfers must accept it, no matter how painful it is.

"What happened was not intentional at all, I would never do that purposely. And I hope everyone knows that.

"I want to thank the amazing fans out on the course for all their support. Their cheering helped get me through those last six holes. Hearing all the fans cheer me on after every shot, going to every tee, truly brought tears to my eyes every time.

"I also want to thank the fans around the world who have reached out to me to offer their support."

Irish Independent

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