Will Lexi Thompson, who has been undefeated for the past four years and dropped to the top 20 in the world, play her part in the Solheim Cup?

Lexi Thompson (28, USA) is a top star with a total of 11 wins 안전놀이터(1 major win) on the LPGA Tour.

Although he is a leading American player who has been ranked number one in the world, Thompson is in a severe slump this year. In the 2023 season, he missed the cut eight times in 11 appearances on the LPGA Tour, and his world ranking, which once rose as high as third, has fallen to 26th. He ranked 138th in the CME Globe Rankings, which measures the overall ability of the tour, and 128th in the prize money rankings ($77,832), putting him in a situation where he had to worry about next season’s card.

Thompson’s sudden slump, which she always thought was at the top, as she competed with Jeon In-ji for the championship at last year’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, has fans tilting their heads. It’s also surprising that she hasn’t won in over four years since she won the Shoprite Classic in June 2019.

Thompson is looking for a change of scenery at the Solheim Cup, a women’s golf competition between the United States and Europe that will be held in Spain for three days starting on the 22nd. As he has historically shown strong performances in this competition, the U.S. national team is expecting him to play the role of a veteran.

Looking at the composition of the U.S. national team, led by former world No. 1 Stacey Lewis, it can be seen that a generational change is clearly blowing in world women’s golf. In order of LPGA tour performance this season, Lilia Bu, Nellie Korda, Allison Copuz, Megan Kang, Jennifer Kupcho, Danielle Kang, and Lexi Thompson qualified on their own, followed by Rose Jang and Angel Yin in world ranking order, and Andrea Lee and Ally. Ewing and Cheyenne Knight were selected on the recommendation of General Manager Lewis. The fact that Thompson, who did not have results to show off this season, won the right to participate on his own speaks volumes about the unstable performance of this year’s U.S. team.

The European team competing against the United States is led by Celine Boutier (France), who has three wins this season, followed by Carlotta Ciganda (Spain), Georgia Hall, Charlie Hull (both England), Leona Maguire (Ireland), and Anna Nordqvist (Sweden). ), etc., were tightly woven. They are poised to continue the momentum of winning two consecutive championships since 2019.

Thompson has a career record of 6 wins, 7 losses and 6 draws since making his Solheim Cup debut at the young age of 18 in 2013. In 2016 and 2017, he had an undefeated record with 2 wins, 2 draws, and fans are expecting the veteran to demonstrate his experience in this tournament as well.

Thompson said at a press conference on the 20th, “In the Solheim Cup, individual performances are not necessary. “The priority is for the team to win,” he said, pledging to fulfill his role as a senior player.

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