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Youth is wasted on the young: Lexi Thompson edition

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:06 PM

Lexi Thompson recently skipped a major.  The Women's British Open.  Her reasons included 'wanting to find out who I am off the golf course' and 'needing to recharge my emotions'.

I have yet to see one critical reaction from the media yet reaction would be swift if such excuses came from a player on the PGA Tour.  It's a MASSIVE double standard.

Thing about Bryson DeChambeau saying he would be skipping The Masters because "I need to find out who I am' or Phil saying he was skipping the U.S. Open because, 'I have not truly felt like myself for quite some time'.  

Yet those were quotes from Lexi Thompson explaining why she withdrew.

The media went out of their way to offer possible additional explanations (including the silly 4-stroke penalty she received LAST YEAR) to further coddle and offer support to the star player.  

'Work/Life balance' is vastly overrated. It is an especially ridiculous (and impossible) concept for an elite athlete, yet it seems to be what Lexi Thompson is striving for. Personally, I think the answer is bigger goals, you know, like Patti Berg's 15 majors. (Lexi has 1). Without inspirational goals everything can become a miserable grind.

My guess is that motivation is lacking and that CAN come from a lack of proper goals. However, there might be something off with her off-course regimen as well, or the people on her team. A pushy agent would get on anyone's nerves. If you have the wrong people on your team and are reluctant to make changes, well, the result is inevitable. Note to Lexi: I'm not suggesting you fire your caddie every three months like Lydia Ko, but if the team needs some 'rearranging', be ruthless.

Additional note to Lexi: You mentioned in a recent article that you want to find out who you are off the golf course. It's very simple. Who you are off the golf course is Lexi Thompson, superstar player on the LPGA. You could be someone else if you really want, like a soccer mom, but being anyone else would require hanging up the sticks.

We would miss you.

Play well this week.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:11 PM

I think you going see trend of "good" young golfers decide after a few good seasons that they dont wanna do this golf thing anymore and just play to make cuts and a paycheck. Maybe im out of my mind but it would suprise me
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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:16 PM

Not everybody wants what people want them to want.


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:18 PM

Whatever, it's her life. Some people find things more important than work and money. Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Rory, Lexi, etc, etc. These guys and gals could tear their guts out and grind for 20 years and rack up a few more wins but for what? The accolades of strangers? People you'll never meet will think you had a better career? No one is going to care in 50 years, she'll be a footnote in some record book, more likely as soon as she retires.




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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:18 PM

Her Mother has cancer and I think that might be a distraction for her.


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:28 PM

“or Phil saying he was skipping the U.S. Open because, 'I have not truly felt like myself for quite some time'.  ”

Or because of a graduation for one of his kids?  Shameful indeed, certainly he would be criticized for that for years...


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:29 PM



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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:31 PM

simple ...

She was tipped off about a "random" drug screen. They cant test you if you're not there. (steroids)


Can't leave the country while out on bond (for steroid possession)


In the middle of a (steroid) cycle and can't risk customs confiscating the medicines (steroids).


She's busy crushing cars and breaking tree limbs with her bare hands. (Roid Rage, from steroids)


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:31 PM

Lee Trevino skipped the Masters for years.  Said the golf course didn't suit his game.

Not a big deal

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:33 PM

Probably they don’t care as much. Good for her I guess.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:33 PM

Sorry, I'm not going to get upset about a 23 year old woman skipping a golf tournament.


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:34 PM

View Postpga43, on 15 August 2018 - 04:31 PM, said:

Lee Trevino skipped the Masters for years.  Said the golf course didn't suit his game.

Not a big deal

Three years he skipped it. And said later he regretted it. He did play it 20 timmes
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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:35 PM

She may be hot but her voice is deeper than most men I know.
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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:40 PM

Its just a game and now she can feed herself for 10 lifetimes so its really just a game now.... ever thought it might not be the most fulfilling thing to hit a plastic ball around all day like a circus monkey.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:57 PM

Her mother is fighting cancer and I think that this maybe affecting her .


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 05:04 PM

Blah blah blah blah... topless photo of Lexi.

Fantastic OP. Point well made.


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 05:07 PM

If it will help her come back stronger, that's great.


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 05:12 PM

Speaking of double standards, I have yet to read such passionate opinions on young entrepreneurs who sell their companies to bigger companies and then take years off before getting into VC. We don't seem to think they "owe" us more ideas or "lack drive"

We romanticize athletes because we wish we were in their position, and we want them to be the way we "would be" if we were in their position. However we are usually wrong about ourselves and what we would really be. The anger directed at the athlete is probably because we actually know that too and are in denial about it.

Athletes are just like us. Sometimes they get tired of their jobs. Anyone who works in a office sees this 100 times a day. Including from executive level positions

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 05:51 PM

View PostLansingMI, on 15 August 2018 - 04:31 PM, said:

simple ...

She was tipped off about a "random" drug screen. They cant test you if you're not there. (steroids)


Can't leave the country while out on bond (for steroid possession)


In the middle of a (steroid) cycle and can't risk customs confiscating the medicines (steroids).


She's busy crushing cars and breaking tree limbs with her bare hands. (Roid Rage, from steroids)




tired of being Big Corps tool. Maybe she just wants to play golf on her schedule?

Edited by Lagavulin62, 15 August 2018 - 05:51 PM.


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 06:03 PM

Message to Lexi: Do whatever you have to do to make you feel good about yourself. There are a lot of people out here who have great respect to you. Just please, don't go down the topless photo rabbit hole. The world is a lot better place when athletes like yourself are whacking the living jesus out of golf balls and winning tournaments rather than decorating magazine covers with pictures photoshopped to the edge of recognition and showing as much skin as the mag gets away with.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 06:09 PM

Lexi's a big girl and she knows what she needs, if that's time off then great.  It's none of my business


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 07:38 PM

The OP stated work/life balance is overrated...

Okay. I wonder if you would think that on your deathbed.... I get the exact opposite advice to that from every octogenarian plus patient I treat.

Let's be clear golf is a solo sport, no guaranteed salaries, played by independent contractors. The only person she needs to please is herself (since she is single without kids). She could skip it because she wants to get drunk on a beach in Bali for a week and it wouldn't bother me one bit. Not sure why people living their own lives and making their own decisions bothers some people so much. I would guess it has something to do with a lack of self actualization on the part of those who are observing.


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 07:53 PM

I like Lexi I wish her well and look forward to watching her compete. Her personal life and her decisions off the course are really none of our business.
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Posted 15 August 2018 - 08:02 PM

View PostShilgy, on 15 August 2018 - 04:34 PM, said:

View Postpga43, on 15 August 2018 - 04:31 PM, said:

Lee Trevino skipped the Masters for years.  Said the golf course didn't suit his game.

Not a big deal

Three years he skipped it. And said later he regretted it. He did play it 20 timmes

Cliff Roberts-era Masters wasn't all that welcoming to certain types of golfers. The ones he skipped were on the early side of his career.
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Posted 15 August 2018 - 08:07 PM

Most excellent display of man-splaining


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 08:12 PM

You do realize she didn't miss a tournament up to this point while dealing with the death of her grandmother and her mother battling cancer. Throw that on top of having a major taken away from you over some bull s*** viewer call in and dealing with that fall out in front of the entire world and lovely trolls like yourself calling her all kinds of lovely names on Social media and forums like this. You can talk double standard all you want but I am pretty sure PGA tour members have taken longer periods of time off for their family members dealing with cancer or other illnesses as well (J. Day, Stewart Cink, Jimmy Walker, Phil). Is it different because it's not her spouse? Is it different because she's a young, attractive woman, who is supposed to smile, look pretty, and not speak back to old men on the internet who are trying to tell her how she is supposed to feel and act.  The girl is 23 years old and has had every single minute of her life since she was 16 lived in the spotlight in front of everyone. Could you have lived your life at 23 with everything you did broadcasted to the world? But it's ok, go on preaching about "how you worked 40 hours a week 5 days a week for 40 years" I am sure its a pretty even comparison.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 08:22 PM

The life of an LPGA pro involves an insane amount of travel with swings in Asia and Europe in addition to locations all over North America.  The schedule has expanded so there isn't as much of an off season.  The sponsorship demands are endless.  And being a celebrity as Lexi is must be draining beyond belief.

I'm surprised we don't see more of this, actually.  

It's unusual for her time off to have included a major, but if that's when she hit the wall so be it.  She's already a major champion and will most likely play in dozens more.

Glad to see her back this week and I hope the R&R was good for her.


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 10:28 PM

She should have just come up with the phantom injury so no one on here could question her for it. After all, she wouldn’t be the first to do that on either the men’s or women’s side.

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Posted 16 August 2018 - 06:01 AM

Good for her that she has worked her tail off for years to put herself in the position where she is able to do it! Why focus on the negatives, trying to make her life fit your narrow view?
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Posted 16 August 2018 - 06:08 AM

What makes any of you think you know anything about Lexi and why she didn't play?
This is the cost of being famous in our society/culture, but the chances are none of you/us have a clue.

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