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How does Lexi Thompson solve her putting woes? – GolfWRXers discuss



At the LPGA Pelican Championship, Lexi Thompson suffered a putting meltdown in the closing stages for an all too familiar crushing loss.

The 26-year-old held a two-shot lead with two to play on Sunday before missing a 3-foot putt for par on 17 and then a 4-foot putt for the win on 18. Lexi then stuck her approach on the first playoff hole to 5-feet but missed yet again to hand the trophy to the World Number One, Nelly Korda.

In our forums, our members have been discussing potential ways for Lexi to overcome her demons on the greens and to cash in on her incredible tee-to-green game.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • KBong: “I think the nervous stress on an important putt is just too difficult for her to overcome. I really don’t know what she can do to overcome this. Unfortunately, it’s a weakness she’ll never be rid of.”
  • Anser85029: “Simply eliminate the practice stroke.”
  • SEP1006: “Yeah, I really feel for her. Getting to be where she is mentally scarred and will never get over it. If she could putt she would dominate the LPGA. I agree with the post above, though. Get rid of the practice stroke!!”
  • TheDominator273: “Armlock.”

Entire Thread: “How does Lexi Thompson solve her putting demons?

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  2. Brian

    Nov 17, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Lexi is not a “bad” putter, she had a set back just like anyone else. Unfortunately for her it came at a time when the world was watching and not a Thursday/Friday afternoon where nobody takes notice.

    Her game is in great shape and she’ll work on what she needs to. Everyday she’ll strive to improve just like every other World Class Player.

  3. Vas

    Nov 17, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Armlock or Broomstick. Why continue to fight something that you have so much scarring from? Do something that feels totally different.

  4. Jim

    Nov 17, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Go see Brad Faxon. She has to not make the putt life or death important. I recommend she pick a spot a few inches in front of ball and make her sole goal to roll the putt over that spot, that is all she can control line wise. If she picked the right spot with good speed the putt will go in. They all don’t but if you hit your spot you have hit a great putt!

  5. G

    Nov 17, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Pretty obvious to switch to armlock and get the in depth dive from teammate Bryson.

  6. RAY

    Nov 17, 2021 at 9:36 am


  7. David

    Nov 17, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Lexi should contact David Kargetta, the Putting Engineer. And maybe should consider his putter design.
    Or simply putt the short putts with her eyes closed. Eyes closed blocks out the world and allows a free-flowing putt motion, totally repeatable.
    I hope she will do these 2 things.

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Major champ shares wild Phil Mickelson gambling story from Presidents Cup



A few weeks ago, an excerpt from Alan Shipnuck’s new book titled: “PHIL: The Rip-Roaring (Unauthorized) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar” was released.

Many were shocked to learn that Mickelson reportedly lost $40 million from gambling throughout the prime years of his career, according to Shipnuck.

Ahead of next week’s release of the book, the author has released an excerpt to  The Times of London which discusses how gambling affected Lefty during the course of his career.

The article shockingly states that Mickelson “more concerned” with checking the box scores and “covering the spread” while he was playing in tournaments.

Steve Flesch, who was paired with Mickelson on a Sunday during the Hyundai Team Matches, told Shipnuck that every hole Mickelson “was checking like a beeper or something.”

“He could not have cared any less about what we were doing on the golf course. He was definitely more concerned about who was winning the football games and who was covering the spread.”

Tom Lehman also had a similar story for the book. He told Shipnuck that Mickelson was checking scores football during the Presidents Cup in 2000.

The United States won the Presidents Cup handedly that year, but Mickelson had little to do with it.

Lehman was paired with Phil and their opponents were Mike Weir and Steve Elkington.

The 63-year-old told Shipnuck: “Phil is hitting it everywhere — he’s barely finished a hole through the first eight holes. He keeps saying, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll show up eventually.’

“On the ninth hole he buries it in the front bunker and is out of the hole again. He walks way back into the trees and is sitting on a stump with his back to everybody and his head down.

“I think he’s giving himself a pep talk, so I go over there to try to make him feel better and he’s got his phone out and he’s checking the football scores.”

Mickelson’s downward spiral since he made comments about the PGA Tour’s “obnoxious greed” has been fast and furious. His withdrawal from this week’s PGA Championship is more evidence that all of the bad publicity is having a severe impact on the 51-year-old.

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Golf fans left stunned by price of beer and water at PGA Championship



If you are going to Southern Hills this week to see the PGA Championship, chances are you’ll come back with a lot less money in your pocket.

Over the weekend, a twitter user posted a picture of the beer menu from Southern Hills, and the alcohol prices were jaw dropping.

A Stella Artois or a Michelob Ultra organic seltzer will cost you a whopping $19. So will one of the Tulsa venue’s “souvenir cocktails”.

For those hoping to save money by drinking water, the price isn’t much better relatively speaking. A bottle of Aquafina will cost $6.

The PGA Championship beverage prices are a major contrast to what Augusta National was charging last month. At The Masters, patrons were paying $5 for a beer and $2 for bottled water.

In response to the menu photo being revealed, there were some excellent comments from Twitter users, with a shocked @TheCasualWater jesting in response: “Isn’t a house like $19 dollars in Tulsa?”

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The rumored real reason why Phil Mickelson withdrew from the PGA Championship



Nobody apart from themselves really knew if Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods would take their places in Southern Hills next week.

Whilst speculation was rife, neither player had made any firm commitment to the championship and Mickelson’s management team had always stated that, “Phil currently has no concrete plans on when and where he will play. Any actions taken are in no way a reflection of a final decision made, but rather to keep all options open.”

The latest reports are that while Tiger will be teeing it up and is currently practicing on the course, but we now know that Mickelson will not be defending his PGA Championship this year at Oklahoma, the news broken by the PGA of America on social media on Saturday:

The news was a body-blow not only to the player himself, but to golf fans and the tournament, an event that saw the 51-year-old become the oldest ever major winner when victorious at Kiawah Island.

Of course, most thinking was that the withdrawal of Mickelson was linked to the initial LIV Golf event in London on June 9th.

However, despite applying for the requisite request for a release from the PGA Tour to play at the Centurion Club, neither the player nor chairman of the series, Greg Norman, have confirmed that Mickelson will end his (self-imposed?) exile in two weeks time.

Indeed, over the weekend, Matt Ginella of the Fire Pit Collective reported on the ‘San Diego rumor mill’, suggesting that Mickelson was not playing well at all in local events.

It’s a theme that appears to be backed up by 6-time major champ Sir Nick Faldo, who also suggested that the 51-year-old wouldn’t have had time to get his game in order with all the noise that’s been going on around him.

Either way, the 2022 PGA Championship goes ahead without its defending champion in sight.

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