Lexi's coach/dad adds role of caddie this week in Rio


RIO DE JANEIRO – Lexi Thompson is, by far, the most familiar face on the U.S. women’s team and, at fourth in the Rolex Rankings, among the favorites to win a medal this week in Rio.

But alongside the 21-year-old this week at the Olympic Golf Course will be a, relatively, new face.

Thompson’s father, Scott, will caddie for her this week, a change that first occurred at last month’s Women’s British Open, where she finished tied for eighth.

In fact, this will be Scott Thompson’s third week on his daughter’s bag this year after the duo tied for 10th at the Lotte Championship in April.

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“He caddied for me the first year and a half I turned professional and this year in Hawaii; we have two top-10s so far,” she said on Tuesday. “He’s my coach, so it’s kind of easy for us to get along and he knows my game.”

Because the women only had two days to prepare for this week’s event because of the Wednesday start, Scott Thompson took a unique approach to devise a game plan to play the Gil Hanse design.

“He was charting the course as he was watching [the men’s competition] on TV,” Thomas said.