Since I was 12 years old, my life as a golfer has been a whirlwind of constant attention, scrutiny and pressure

Major winner, 29, announces shock retirement from golf amid ‘exhausting’ pressure

After beginning her career as a 12-year-old starlet who went on to become a major champion on the LPGA Tour, Lexi Thompson has announced she will retire from golf at the end of the season

LPGA superstar Lexi Thompson has sensationally announced her intention to retire from professional golf at the end of the 2024 season.

Ahead of competing in this week’s U.S. Women’s Open, Thompson took to social media to share a ‘letter’ to the game where she detailed her reasons for deciding to call time on her remarkable career. Her appearance at the Lancaster Country Club will be her 18th consecutive start in the U.S. Women’s Open, first qualifying for the major when she was just 12 years old back in 2007.

“Since I was 12 years old, my life as a golfer has been a whirlwind of constant attention, scrutiny and pressure,” Thompson said. “The cameras are always on, capturing every swing and every moment on and off the golf course.

“Social media never sleeps with comments and criticisms flooding in from around the world. It can be exhausting to maintain a smile on the outside while grappling with struggles on the inside.

“By opening up about my own battles, I’ve been able to connect with others who feel isolated in their struggles, offering them a sense of community and understanding. Each time I share, it reinforces the message that it’s okay to not be okay and that seeking support is a sign of strength, not weakness.”

The 29-year-old added: “While it is never easy to say goodbye, it is indeed time.”

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Lexi Thompson will retire at the end of the season, ending her professional career at the age of just 29 ( 

Thompson became a household name in the sport when she became the youngest golfer to ever qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open aged 12. She held the record until 2014, when 11-year-old Lucy Li burst onto the scene.

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