Thompson is not your typical 14-year-old. After making the cut for the first time in three U.S. Women's Open appearances this week, she had her sights set on something bigger this weekend, maybe even becoming the youngest-ever champion of the event. Saturday’s third round all but vanquished that dream, dropping her from a tie for sixth place to a tie for 36th, 11 strokes behind leader Cristie Kerr. Thompson started the day just five shots behind Kerr.
She made consecutive bogeys on holes 3, 4 and 5 and never recovered. Thompson hit just 7 of 18 greens after hitting 14 and 13, respectively, in her first two rounds.
“I didn’t hit it good, and you can’t play this course if you don’t hit it well,” said Thompson, who will look to defend her U.S. Girls’ Junior Golf Championship next week in Bedminster, N.J. “My ball-striking was bad, not like it was yesterday.”