Lexi Thompson: “I need to have a life”
Lexi Thompson has been a high-level, highly visible professional golfer since she was 15, and her life has been centered around the game since she was five. For we average folk, the pressure inside the ropes and the obligations outside them that such a life engenders are without parallel.
After a particularly grueling stretch, Thompson, arguably the face of the LPGA Tour, was understandably worn down. She took a month-long break from the game and, really, the demands of her celebrity.
The 23-year-old skipped last month’s Ricoh Women’s British Open. She’ll return to competition at this week’s Indy Women in Tech Championship.
“I’m not just a robot out here,” she told reporters ahead of the tournament. “I need to have a life.”
In the past 18 months, the Coral Springs, Florida, native has dealt with her mother’s cancer, the death of her grandmother, and of course, the ANA Inspiration debacle.
“You can only stay strong for so long and hide it,” Thompson said.
Thompson also told reporters she took a trip with friends and shelved her golf clubs for two weeks.
Full press conference, below.