Lexi Thompson Bio and Career Profile

Lexi Thompson plays a tee shot on the 2nd hole during the second round of the 2017 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship
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Lexi Thompson burst onto the national golf scene when she was only 12 years old; by age 16, she was already a winner on the LPGA Tour. Now in her 20s, she continues as one of the top players in women's golf. Thompson is a consistent threat to win and has had opportunities to take the No. 1 world ranking.

Fast Facts: Lexi Thompson

  • Occupation: Professional golfer
  • Also Known As: Lexi is her nickname. Her full name is Alexis Noel Thompson.
  • Born: February 10, 1995 in Coral Springs, Florida
  • Key Accomplishments: Winner of 2008 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship; winner of 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, an LPGA major; LPGA Vare Trophy recipient for low scoring average, 2017.
  • Fun Fact: At one time, Thompson was both the youngest-ever winner on the LPGA Tour and the second-youngest winner on the Ladies European Tour.

Pro Wins for Lexi Thompson

So far, Thompson has 10 career wins on the LPGA Tour. The first was achieved in 2011 at the age of 16. (Thompson's tournament wins are listed below.)

In the major championships, Thompson has one victory so far, at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship. But she has multiple Top 5 finishes in other majors, including a playoff loss at the 2017 ANA Inspiration.

Awards and Honors for Thompson

  • Winner, Vare Trophy (low scoring average on the LPGA Tour), 2017
  • Member, USA Solheim Cup team, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Member, USA Curtis Cup team, 2010

Lexi Thompson's Bio ... So Far

Lexi Thompson turned only 12 years old in 2007, but she wasn't too young to make the golf world take notice. The Florida pre-teen made national headlines when she qualified to play in the 2007 U.S. Women's Open (she missed the cut). She turned pro at age 15. She won on the LPGA Tour at age 16. It was quite a start to a golf career, but a start that Thompson continues to live up to.

Thompson was born in Florida into a family that loves golf, and she competed often against her golfing brothers (both of who went on to pro careers themselves). Competitiveness stoked at a young age tranferred into competition and into full bloom in 2007. That year, Lexi survived a USGA qualifier to earn a spot in the field at the 2007 U.S. Women's Open. She was only 12 years, four months and one day old when she qualified, becoming the youngest-ever qualifier — beating a record previously held by Morgan Pressel. (Thompson's record has since been broken.)

Also in 2007, Thompson won the Aldila Junior Classic, an American Junior Golf Association tournament, becoming the second-youngest AJGA winner ever. And she won the Junior PGA Championship, becoming that event's youngest-ever winner.

In 2008, Thompson played in her second U.S. Women's Open (missing the cut, as she did in 2007). And won her only USGA championship, the U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur, becoming that event's second-youngest winner at the time.

In 2009, Thompson won the prestigious South Atlantic Ladies Amateur). She finished 21st, tied for low amateur, at the LPGA major Kraft Nabisco Championship, after receiving a special invitation to play. And she made the cut for the first time at the U.S. Women's Open, finishing 34th.

She played on the American team in the 2010 Curtis Cup, going 4-0-1. Afterward, on June 16, 2010, she announced she was turning pro.

Not much later, Thompson finished runner-up at the 2010 Evian Masters, a tournament that was later elevated to major championship status.

Late in 2010, Thompson petitioned the LPGA for extra playing opportunities. Although the LPGA denied the request, the tour did waive its 18-year-old minimum-age requirement to allow Thompson to enter the 2011 LPGA Q-School tournament.

In 2011, Thompson won the Navistar LPGA Classic, becoming the youngest winner in LPGA history (a record since broken). She won again a couple months later on the Ladies European Tour. Her second LPGA win came at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia in 2013, her third followed later in the year.

And in April of 2014, Thompson claimed her first victory in a major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Thompson was a consistent winner in the following years, with two wins in 2015, one in 2016 and two in 2017. In 2017, Thompson led the tour in scoring average (her 69.114 average was, to that point, the fourth-lowest scoring average in LPGA history) and won the Race to the CME Globe season points chase.

She has had her share of troubles, too, however, including at the 2017 ANA. That was a tournament she appeared poised to win easily with a lead of several strokes in the final round. But Thompson was informed during the final that she was being penalized four strokes for something that happened the day before. She still managed to play her way into a playoff against So Yeon Ryu, but lost in extra holes.

Lexi Thompson Trivia

  • Thompson's two brothers are both professional golfers. Nicholas and Curtis Thompson have both played on the Web.com Tour; Nicholas has won on the Web.com Tour and been a PGA Tour member.
  • In 2007, Thompson set a record as the youngest-ever qualifier to play in the U.S. Women's Open. She was 12 years, four months and one day old when she made it through qualifying.
  • When Thompson won the the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic at the age of 16, she became the youngest-ever winner on the LPGA Tour (a record since broken).

List of Pro Wins By Lexi Thompson

LPGA Tour (10)

  • 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic
  • 2013 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
  • 2013 Lorena Ochoa Invitational
  • 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship
  • 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic
  • 2015 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship
  • 2016 Honda LPGA Thailand
  • 2017 Kingsmill Championship
  • 2017 Indy Women in Tech Championship
  • 2018 CME Group Tour Championship

In addition, Thompson has one victory on the Ladies European Tour (2011 Dubai Ladies Classic) and one on the LPGA of Japan (2016 World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup).