PINEHURST, N.C. – If Lexi Thompson is going to win the first two major championships of the year in women’s golf, she is going to have to equal the greatest comeback in the history of the U.S. Women’s Open.
Thompson, who won the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April for her first major championship title, stumbled to a 4-over-par 74 Saturday at Pinehurst No. 2. She will start Sunday five shots off the lead. Six players have come from that far back in the final round to win the U.S. Women’s Open, with Annika Sorenstam the last to do so at the Broadmoor in 1995.
Despite a birdie at the last, Thompson declined interview requests after her round, the USGA announced to media covering the championship. Thompson later tweeted an explanation, asking for forgiveness:
“I appreciate all the support from everybody this week in the U.S. Women’s Open. I hope everyone knows the reason I didn’t do an interview was because of storms that were coming in 15 min and I needed to hit some balls before going into tomorrow. I signed every autograph by the 18th green and I do enjoy speaking to the media. I still did 4 interviews on the range so I appreciate it if you could forgive me for not doing one. I hope you all have a great night and tune into the coverage tomorrow!:0”
Thompson started Saturday three shots behind Michelle Wie but got to within a shot before making back-to-back double bogeys at the eighth and ninth holes.
“I think it was just an off day,” Thompson said in a USGA interview released later Saturday. “I started off well, and I made a bad mess on No. 8. And I actually hit a perfect shot on 9, it just went about three or four yards too far. And I had a bad drop, it went right in a hole. Got a little unlucky, but I didn't ball strike it very well and I missed a few short putts.”