Women’s golf great Lexi Thompson (USA) missed a chance to make history on the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour after failing to make the cut.
Thompson carded five birdies and three bogeys for a 36-hole total of even-par 142 in the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at the par-71 TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on Thursday. Thompson, who finished the second round in a tie for 85th place, fell three strokes short of the cut and did not advance to the third round.
Of the six women to compete on the PGA Tour before Thompson, only Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1911-1956) made the cut. Zaharias made the cut at the 1945 Tucson Open and Phoenix Open.
Had Thompson made the cut at the Shriners Children’s Open, he would have made PGA Tour history 78 years after Zaharias.
While Thompson didn’t make the cut, he did make other significant milestones. Her second-round 69 was one shot shy of the lowest 18-hole score ever recorded by a woman on the PGA Tour.
The record for the lowest 18-hole score by a female player is a 68 by Michelle Wie at the 2004 Sony Open. Michelle Wie was 14 years old at the time, competing in the men’s event and missed the cut by one stroke.
Thompson was 1-under through 16 holes in the first round before returning to the clubhouse to finish the 17th hole due to sunset.
Playing a day later, Thompson bogeyed the 17th and parred the 18th to finish the first round with a 2-over-par 73 before heading into the second round.먹튀검증
After a bogey on his first hole, the par-4 10th, he reeled off five birdies to pick up momentum. On the 15th, a short 296-yard par-4, she was just as good as the men, hitting her tee shot onto the green and two-putting for birdie. He added two more bogeys, however, and was unable to cut more strokes.
“When I made back-to-back birdies, I thought I was getting closer to making the cut,” Thompson told the PGA Tour after the tournament, “but then I realized the cut was getting lower and lower.”
Thompson’s two older brothers, Nicklaus and Curtis, are also professional golfers. “Growing up with my brothers, I wanted to play with the guys on the PGA Tour,” Thompson said, “but the most important thing is that a lot of kids watched me play from outside the ropes and I think it gave them a good message.”