Thompson leads teen brigade at Open
EDINA, Minn. » This time, Alexis Thompson is just one of the girls.
The youngest player to ever qualify for the U.S. Women's Open at age 12 last year, Thompson has returned with 5 more inches on her now 5-foot-8 frame. She has full-fledged status as a teenager, one of 28 players at Interlachen 19 or younger, including all three participants from Hawaii (Michelle Wie, Kimberly Kim and Cyd Okino).
Sure, Thompson is still the youngest of them all, but it's not as if she's the only one who can't yet vote. She has already played this tournament, unlike this year's 40 first-time participants.
"It definitely helped me a lot," Thompson said, reflecting on last year's 16-over-par finish after two rounds at Pine Needles. "It just showed me how good I have to be and how I, like, have to present myself out there - with attitude."