SAN FRANCISCO – Lexi Thompson has added her identify to the rising checklist of stars to endure heartbreaking loss at The Olympic Club.
Sunday, Thompson joined the likes of Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer who have been additionally unseated by lesser-known gamers to win on the historic venue. Thompson, whose quick recreation let her down on Sunday, in the end didn’t stand up and down from a greenside bunker on the 72nd gap to get right into a playoff with Nasa Hataoka and Yuka Saso, who would go on to win the U.S. Women’s Open.
“Of course it’s hard to smile, but, I mean, it was an amazing week,” Thompson stated, with tears welling up in her eyes.
Saturday, Thompson carded a 66 for her lowest spherical in 15 begins on the U.S. Women’s Open. The 26-year outdated took a one-stroke lead into the ultimate spherical and seemed in command to begin the day. Throughout the season, Thompson has pointed to the laborious work she’s been placing in on bettering all features of her recreation. When she birdied the primary gap and led by as many as 5 strokes by means of 9 holes, it seemed as if the recommitment to her recreation was paying dividends at simply the appropriate time.
But every part modified on the again 9.
At the par-4 eleventh gap, Thompson made her first mistake of the day. She duffed her method to the inexperienced and went on to make double bogey to chop her result in two. She made bogey once more on the par-4 14th gap to open the door for Hataoka, who made three birdies in a four-hole stretch to climb inside one stroke of the lead.
With simply two holes to play, Thompson noticed her one-stroke lead evaporate on the par-5 seventeenth. Thompson misjudged the wind off the tee and wound up in a gnarly lie. She was solely in a position to advance her ball 40 yards down the golf green. When she left her third shot in need of the inexperienced she made bogey to fall again right into a three-way tie for the lead with Hataoka and Saso.
“I didn’t hit a bad drive. The wind just never got it and then it tried to bounce right, and I’ve never seen a lie that bad,” Thompson stated. “That’s what this course can do. Just got the wind wrong on a few shots coming in.”
Thompson nonetheless had an opportunity to win with a birdie on the 72nd gap. But, she made a win almost unattainable when she left her method shot in need of the inexperienced for the second consecutive gap. She wound up within the bunker guarding the entrance of the placing floor and was left with a troublesome up and down so as to make par. Thompson simply wanted to salvage par so as to pressure a playoff with Hataoka, who was already within the clubhouse at 4-under par.
From the sand, Thompson was left with greater than six ft coming again down in the direction of the opening for par. She left it quick. Thompson carded a ultimate spherical 75 to complete solo third, one-stroke exterior the playoff.
“I really didn’t feel like I hit any bad golf shots,” Thompson stated after her spherical. “That’s what this golf course can do to you.”
It’s been seven years since Thompson’s first main championship victory on the ANA Inspiration. For 10 holes on Sunday, the American seemed poised so as to add that elusive second main title to her resume. Instead, she’ll accept her 14th prime 10 in a serious championship since making the leap into Poppie’s Pond.
“I’ve never been out here, so it was a blessing,” Thompson stated about competing for the primary time at The Olympic Club. “I’ll take today and I’ll learn from it and have a lot more weeks ahead, a lot more years.”