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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Lexi Thompson announced via Instagram Wednesday that she has withdrawn from next week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, as mentioned in the Morning 9.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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2021 PGA Championship: Full Viewer’s Guide

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The second major of the year is upon us, with a host of players with ambitions of hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy come Sunday evening.

Collin Morikawa is the defending champion of the event, and ahead of his title defence at Kiawah Island, here’s a rundown of all the coverage you can tune in for come Tuesday afternoon.

How to watch the 2021 PGA Championship

Tuesday

Noon-3 p.m: Tuesday at the PGA Championship (ESPN+)

Wednesday

Noon-3.p.m: Wednesday at the PGA Championship (ESPN+)

Thursday

 7a.m.-1 p.m: First-round coverage (ESPN+)

1 p.m.-7 p.m: First-round coverage (ESPN)

7 a.m.- 7 p.m: First-round featured groups and featured holes (ESPN+)

Friday

 7a.m.-1 p.m: Second-round coverage (ESPN+)

1 p.m.-7 p.m: Second-round coverage (ESPN)

7 a.m.- 7 p.m: Second-round featured groups and featured holes (ESPN+)

Saturday

8 a.m.-10 a.m: Third-round coverage (ESPN+)

10 a.m.-1 p.m: Third-round coverage (ESPN)

1 p.m.-7 p.m: Third-round coverage (CBS)

8 a.m.-1 p.m: Third-round featured groups and featured holes (ESPN+)

Sunday 

8 a.m.-10 a.m: Third-round coverage (ESPN+)

10 a.m.-1 p.m: Third-round coverage (ESPN)

1 p.m.-7 p.m: Third-round coverage (CBS)

8 a.m.-1 p.m: Third-round featured groups and featured holes (ESPN+)

As for what you can expect from the weather this week, per Weather.com (As of Monday May 17), conditions look set fair for the week.

 

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2021 PGA Championship odds: Jordan Spieth 14/1 to land Grand Slam

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It’s PGA Championship week, and the biggest names in golf are gunning for the Wanamaker Trophy, with Rory McIlroy leading the betting to win again at Kiawah Island.

The Irishman heads the market at 12/1 with a host of big names priced second at 14/1, including Jordan Spieth, who is hoping this is the week he lands the career grand slam.

Check out the full list of 2021 PGA Championship odds (as of May 17) courtesy of BetOnline.ag.

Rory McIlroy 12/1

Bryson DeChambeau 14/1

Jon Rahm 14/1

Jordan Spieth 14/1

Justin Thomas 14/1

Dustin Johnson 16/1

Xander Schauffele 22/1

Viktor Hovland 25/1

Collin Morikawa 30/1

Daniel Berger 33/1

Sam Burns 33/1

Hideki Matsuyama 35/1

Patrick Reed 35/1

Brooks Koepka 40/1

Cameron Smith 40/1

Patrick Cantlay 40/1

Tony Finau 40/1

Webb Simpson 40/1

Scottie Scheffler 45/1

Abraham Ancer 50/1

Matthew Fitzpatrick 50/1

Sergio Garcia 50/1

Will Zalatoris 55/1

Paul Casey 60/1

Sungjae Im 60/1

Tyrrell Hatton 60/1

Joaquin Niemann 66/1

Marc Leishman 66/1

Corey Conners 70/1

Tommy Fleetwood 70/1

Justin Rose 75/1

Louis Oosthuizen 75/1

Jason Day 80/1

Shane Lowry 80/1

Lee Westwood 90/1

Adam Scott 100/1

Brian Harman 100/1

Bubba Watson 100/1

Garrick Higgo 100/1

Gary Woodland 100/1

Keegan Bradley 100/1

Matt Wallace 100/1

Max Homa 100/1

Harris English 110/1

Si Woo Kim 110/1

Billy Horschel 125/1

Charl Schwartzel 125/1

Charley Hoffman 125/1

Jason Kokrak 125/1

Matt Kuchar 125/1

Robert MacIntyre 125/1

Stewart Cink 125/1

Aaron Wise 150/1

Cameron Champ 150/1

Cameron Tringale 150/1

Chris Kirk 150/1

Christiaan Bezuidenhout 150/1

Kevin Kisner 150/1

Matt Jones 150/1

Rickie Fowler 150/1

Russel Henley 150/1

Ryan Palmer 150/1

Alex Noren 200/1

Bernd Wiesberger 200/1

Branden Grace 200/1

Cameron Davis 200/1

Dylan Frittelli 200/1

Francesco Molinari 200/1

Henrik Stenson 200/1

Ian Poulter 200/1

John Catlin 200/1

Kevin Na 200/1

Martin Kaymer 200/1

Matthias Schwab 200/1

Phil Mickelson 200/1

Sebastian Munoz 200/1

Thomas Pieters 200/1

Tom Hoge 200/1

Victor Perez 200/1

Zach Johnson 200/1

Brandt Snedeker 250/1

Brendan Steele 250/1

Brendon Todd 250/1

Danny Willett 250/1

Dean Burmester 250/1

Erik van Rooyen 250/1

Harold Varner III 250/1

Joel Dahmen 250/1

Kevin Streelman 250/1

Sam Horsfield 250/1

Talor Gooch 250/1

Tom Lewis 250/1

Byeong Hun An 300/1

Chez Reavie 300/1

George Coetzee 300/1

Jason Dufner 300/1

Jazz Janewattananond 300/1

Mackenzie Hughes 300/1

Rasmus Hojgaard 300/1

Steve Stricker 300/1

Thomas Detry 300/1

Adam Hadwin 350/1

Andy Sullivan 350/1

Brandon Stone 350/1

Byeong-Hun An 350/1

Hudson Swafford 350/1

Martin Laird 350/1

John Daly 750/1

Rich Beem 1000/1

 

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Golfer reacts to shooting 59 with WILD celebration 

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Joining the 59 club is a dream for a lot of golfers, and it’s a dream that came to fruition last Friday for 27-year-old teaching pro Michael Caan.

Caan was competing at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, and was torching the course before heading to the 18th hole needing an eagle for the elusive 59.

With a 40-foot putt left for eagle, Caan’s chances weren’t looking so good, but his friends still decided to capture the effort on their camera phones – and boy, are we glad they did!

Check out the putt and the epic celebration below.

 

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“A lot of people have been asking to see the scorecard (2nd picture), so there you go! Just want to take this opportunity to really thank all the people who have reached out with the kind words of encouragement and congratulations! You all made a really special moment even better! I appreciate all of you.” – Michael Caan

A quick look at his scorecard shows that Caan birdied every par 3 on the course and made five birdies and two eagles over his final 10 holes. Phenomenal. 

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