Lexi Thompson announces retirement

Lexi Thompson will retire at the end of the year.

The news was first shared by the USGA on Tuesday ahead of this week’s U.S. Women’s Open, where Thompson, 29, will be making her 18th start in the tournament.

Thompson became the youngest player to ever qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open, doing so in 2007 at age 12 (the mark has since been broken by Lucy Li, who was 11 when competing in the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open). Thompson turned professional at age 15 and became the youngest winner in LPGA history when capturing the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic at 16 years old.

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