PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Lexi Thompson made a bundle of birdies in tough conditions at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic this week, but she left prouder of the way she reacted to the adversity she faced in the howling winds in the second round.
Thompson couldn’t keep her sizzling weekend play going Sunday in the final round, closing with a 2-under-par 71, but it was still good enough for T-6 at the time she signed her scorecard.
As Thompson left the Ocean Club Golf Course Sunday, she spoke of progress made.
“I take a lot of positives from this week, the way I handled things mentally,” Thompson said.
Asked to assess her week, Thompson didn’t single out any of the 17 birdies she made, or her run of five consecutive birdies in the third round, when she shot 66. She talked about the double bogey she made hooking a tee shot through gusting wind and onto the beach at the eighth hole in the second round.
“I didn’t let it bother me,” Thompson said. “I bounced back and played well. I didn’t get down on myself.
“That’s something I know I’ve needed to work on. It’s something athletes go through. I’m so determined to get better, when I’ve worked so hard and don’t play well, I can get upset.”
After that adventure on to the beach, Thompson made 12 birdies before making another bogey.
“Golf is so much about confidence, about being positive,” Thompson said.
Thompson, who will turn 20 on Tuesday, broke through to win her first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, last year. She will defend her title in eight weeks in the newly named ANA Inspiration.
While Thompson found herself in the tough side of the draw this week in the Bahamas, playing in more severe weather than the other side of the draw, she didn’t leave frustrated by it.
“A lot of other girls played in it, too, and they played well in it,” Thompson said.