TEE TO GREEN, STEVE SCOTT: Lexi Thompson’s collapse was compelling and laborious to look at on the identical time
Males’s PGA champion Justin Thomas, watching at residence, known as out the LPGA officers at Congressional for not ‘studying the room’ in placing the ultimate group on the clock.
Even for these of us who detest sluggish play, and the group was over 5 and three-quarter hours, had some sympathy there. This wasn’t the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, in any case.
It added insult to all too apparent psychological harm. Lexi Thompson, recent from one other main championship collapse within the KPMG LPGA Championship, was fined £2000 for sluggish play.
It’s a small matter to Thompson, who wins $716,000 for second place fairly than $718,000. However golf’s pervading narrative of 2022 – cash isn’t all the things – definitely was true right here.
The elite recreation has had many gamers who’ve disintegrated within the warmth of battles like these, however I can’t recall such a vivid, apparent instance.
Not even the 41 strokes on the Sunday again 9 at Olympic in final yr’s US Open. Lexi went from 5 strokes forward to lacking a play-off by a stroke that day.
It was only a two shot lead with three to play this time. However you may really simply detect the nerves, see the despair. Compelling viewing, but it surely additionally made you wish to flip away.
The 2 brief putts she missed on 14 and 17 didn’t even hit the outlet. The catastrophe of the sixteenth, certainly a simple birdie given the size Lexi hits the ball, was excruciating.
She didn’t cling round like at Olympic to provide a stalwart press convention. Her solely public remark was the now time-honoured Instagram defeat particular – ‘not the end result I needed, thanks on your help’.
In Gee Chun, who was leaking oil all weekend with a pair of 75s, confirmed some psychological resolve to powerful out the ultimate stretch and emerge with the trophy. It’s her third main victory.
American golf’s sweetheart, in the meantime, has only one, received when she was 19 and absent from the cares of the world. It’s a must to wonder if after this newest heartbreak, she’ll ever win one other.
The DP World Tour’s positioning on LIV Golf has grown on me in per week.
Somewhat than the blanket suspension the PGA Tour launched, Wentworth appears content material to play a recreation of rooster with their LIV rebels.