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Lexi Thompson withdraws from the Women’s British Open to “recharge.” Read her full statement.

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Lexi Thompson announced via Instagram Wednesday that she has withdrawn from next week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, as mentioned in the Morning 9.

Thompson says she needs to “recharge my mental batteries” and she has not “felt like myself for quite some time.”

The 23-year-old said “the events of the past year and a half (on and off the golf course)” have “taken a tremendous toll on me both mentally and emotionally.” This is presumably a reference to her mother’s cancer diagnosis and the CME Group Tour Championship penalty drama.

Thompson says she plans to return to action at the Indy Women in Tech Championship on Aug. 16.

Her full post, below.

Hi everyone,  I wanted to let you know that I am officially withdrawing from the 2018 Ricoh Women's British Open.  It is extremely difficult for me not to play in this prestigious Major, but I realized recently that I need to take some time to work on myself. The events of the past year and a half (on and off the golf course) have taken a tremendous toll on me both mentally and emotionally. I have not truly felt like myself for quite some time.  I am therefore taking this time to recharge my mental batteries, and to focus on myself away from the game of professional golf.Thank you all so much  for your continued support. I hope to see everyone soon as I plan to defend my title at the 2018 Indy Women in Tech Championship. Lexi

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While many will see great significance in Thompson’s decision to step away, Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte has a more balanced take.

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  1. Wiger Toods

    Jul 28, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Just an aside… I’m sure her social media makes her money, but maybe a break from that would save her a lot of time…

  2. Dave r

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Good luck to you young lady .

  3. Bob

    Jul 27, 2018 at 3:06 am

    she has gone full bore in the weight room … always a mistake for golfers…

  4. Phil D. Snuts

    Jul 26, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Drugs

  5. bbb

    Jul 26, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    who’s Wiezy?

    • Moo

      Jul 27, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      An ugly Asian chick who wants to be caucasian

  6. Thomas

    Jul 26, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    It is just weird that she will return mid-August. That is not such a long time to really get away from it all if you ask me..

    • Geohogan

      Jul 27, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      Exactly right, IMO Lexi should take a minimum of 6 months, maybe a year, with appropriate therapy, and dont mean pumping iron and the like. Those are simply distractions.

  7. gunmetal

    Jul 26, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I had no idea she had to face all of those challenges off the course. The garbage that she had to endure on the course would have been more than enough to merit some time away. Tough kid no doubt. Hope she finds some peace of mind.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (1.24.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Fully restored set of VrPro Nike Irons from The Golf Garage.

Our Ryan Barath checking out the FinnCycle cart in Orlando.

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Dropping today from American FlatSticks.

Sweet new edition from Embrace Putters.

How do you like this new creation from Mackmade Workshop, WRXers?

Inside the ropes with Team Bettinardi at Torrey Pines!

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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World Golf Hall of Fame changes age criteria; Tiger Woods eligible for induction in 2021

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On Tuesday, the World Golf Hall of Fame announced its amended age criteria for induction which paves the way for Tiger Woods’ initiation in 2021.

In 2016, the World Golf Hall of Fame rose the eligible age from 40 up to 50, but from 2021 onwards, the age limit will now be reduced back down to 45. 

Speaking on the change, Jay Monahan, the PGA Tour’s commissioner and chairman of the World Golf Hall of Fame board stated

“Recognizing the game’s greatest players and contributors is an important endeavor and one our sport takes very seriously. We are committed to regularly evaluating the selection process to ensure we approach it with both historical context and the future in mind.”

As well as turning at least 45 in 2021, the criteria for consideration for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame next year includes having 15 victories on a player’s home tour or two majors.

Tiger Woods, who turns 45 next December, would appear to be a shoo-in for the 2021 class, while other major candidates include, Jim Furyk, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington and Lee Westwood.

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Callaway announces partnership with Virtual Reality gaming experts AAA Games Studio

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Callaway Golf has today announced the introduction of a partnership with Virtual Reality gaming experts – AAA Games Studios.

AAA Games Studios is a Virtual Reality Software Developer who developed and own “Golf 5 WIPP” – a proprietary VR technology that simulates the movement and behavior of golf clubs and the golfer’s swing. According to the company, their Golf 5 game “analyses every detail of your golf swing and replicates it with extreme accuracy.”

Speaking on the new collaboration, Chip Brewer, Callaway Golf President & CEO stated

“With exciting ventures such as TopGolf, it is clear that there are multiple ways that we can attract and excite future generations to the great game of golf, and this strategic partnership provides the opportunity to innovate in a new and exciting space for the Callaway brand.”

AAA Games Studios are based in Madrid, Spain, and per the company “develop stunning immersive golf experiences using proprietary technology, allowing golf fans around the world to learn, practice and play golf anytime & anywhere.”

Commenting on the newly formed partnership with Callaway, Antonio Marin, President of AAA Game Studios said

“VR gaming is not just the future, it is the here and now. We are delighted that an organization like Callaway, who are known for being pioneers in golf innovation, were interested in collaborating together.”

Along with Callaway, AAA Game Studios are present at this week’s PGA Merchandise Show.

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