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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Lexi Thompson announced via Instagram Wednesday that she has withdrawn from next week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, as mentioned in the Morning 9.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 (7.19.19)

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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.

A couple of nice shots of Blue Mound Golf & Country Club in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Check out this exotic looking custom made putter from Tyson Lamb.

In case you missed this madness on Thursday.

Some very slick finish work going on from the guys at Olson Putter Co.

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Ouhh… shiny… #finishwork

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A giveaway worth checking out from Sugar Skull Golf.

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**Instagram British Open Giveaway** __________________________________ It’s time for a British Open giveaway with some major prizes for TWO winners! Here is how it will work: Like this post, make sure you are following us on Instagram, and tag friends in the comments who are NOT CURRENTLY following us and encourage them to follow our Instagram account. On Sunday, July 21st at 9:00 pm Eastern, we will draw a name from all NEW FOLLOWERS only. That new follower will win the British Open limited release cover and SSG microfiber towel pictured on the left. If you were the first one to have tagged that new follower that won, YOU will WIN the British Open cover, microfiber towel AND the set of woods (pictured)!!!! Unlimited entries allowed but be sure your tags aren’t currently followers and that the friends you tag definitely follow us for a chance to win. __________________________________ Best of luck!! __________________________________ #sugarskullgolf #golf #headcover #puttercover #golfcover #accessories #golfaccessories #sugarskull #ireland #2019open #148thopen #britishopen #royal #portrush #uk #pgatour #finalmajor #headcover #limitedrelease #tartan #kilt #golfwrx #royalportrush #britisharmy #giveaway #golfgiveaway #instagramgiveaway #instagramcontest #nopurchasenecessary #goodluck

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Sweet looking ride indeed!

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

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Erik van Rooyen’s ankle-shy pants caused quite a stir at The Open

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Erik van Rooyen’s 68 in round two vaulted him up the leaderboard and into contention on Friday morning at Royal Portrush. But while the South African’s golf has been impressive over the opening two days at The Open, it’s van Rooyen’s pants which have got everyone talking.

The 29-year-old’s ankle shy red pants on Friday were such a hot topic that they even dominated the chatter during his post-round media duties. Following his second round, van Rooyen was asked seven questions by the press, and five of those were about his pants.

Speaking on the pants in question, van Rooyen confidently stated after his round

“I like the fact that it’s a little bit different yet still classy at the same time. It’s not out there and whacky with a bunch of flashy colors … If you’re going to wear it, you’ve got to own it. I feel like I’m owning it.”

However, while the South African may feel that way, his trousers received a much more mixed reaction on social media.

What’s your take on Erik van Rooyen’s polarizing pants, WRXers?

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Strong start, then tremendous misfortune: David Duval cards a 13 after playing the wrong ball

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David Duval suffered a nightmare first round at Royal Portrush on Thursday, and during his opening nine, the 2001 Claret Jug winner recorded the highest score on a single hole at The Open for 69 years.

The 47-year-old came to the par-5 seventh hole having played his previous two holes five-over-par, but that was nothing compared to what Duval was about to experience.

Duval played the wrong ball on the seventh hole, and his entire play on the hole even managed to confuse the official scoreboard. The former Open Champion was initially credited with a triple-bogey eight on the par-5, which was then adjusted to a whopping 15, before being changed to a 13.

As you would expect, Twitter had plenty to say on the octuple bogey.

*Update*

Thursday afternoon, the R&A announced on The Open’s website that Duval’s score had again been adjusted from a 13 to a 14, stating

“The adjustment was made following an error in reviewing his score on the 7th hole. David lost his first two balls from the tee and then played a wrong ball for the third ball played from the tee. On discovering the mistake at the green he had to return to where the wrong ball was played but the correct ball could not be found. Therefore he had to play again from the tee for a fourth time under penalty of stroke and distance. He played six shots in completing the hole with the fourth ball from the tee. He incurred a two-shot penalty for playing the wrong ball but the strokes played with the wrong ball do not count in his score (Rule 6.3c).”

The correction results in Duval’s opening round becoming 91, 20-over-par.

 

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