How Can Past Champion, Lexi Thompson Qualify for the CME Group Tour Championship?

Published 11/12/2023, 5:30 PM EST

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One of the renowned American golfers in 2023 is Lexi Thompson. While handling criticism throughout this year, Thompson is currently playing at The ANNIKA Diven by Gainbridge at Pelican. However, everything is not well for the 28-year-old American. The Solheim Cup fame is at the risk of missing out on the biggest LPGA Tour event.

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What are the chances of Thompson qualifying for the LPGA Tour’s season-ending event, the CME Group Tour Championship and will she successfully achieve the feat?

Lexi Thompson’s dire attempts for final qualifications 

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Lexi Thompson has seen more missed cuts than top finishes in 2023. This raised questions about her inclusion in the Solheim Cup. However, Thompson came out with all guns blazing as she ended with an impressive 3-1-0 record, thus proving her critics wrong . While most were struggling, the 1x major winner was the only one playing exceptionally.

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After that, Thompson had two top 1o finishes, at the NW Arkansas Championship (T8) and The Ascendent LPGA Benefitting event where she had a solo 5 finish. Making history on the PGA Tour, becoming the 7th woman to play in the men’s league at the Shriners Children’s Open, Thompson then took a health break.

She revealed her struggle with a tailbone injury in early November as she suffered “swelling and inflammation around the bones and some tendinitis.” Thompson came back to the course even while enduring pain. Teeing it off at the ANNIKA Driven tied at 12, Thompson has still to start off her final round. The 11x LPGA winner has been a regular at the CME Group Tour Championship, which she won in 2018.

She stands at 88th on the Race to CME Globe standings. This is a stat that will bother Thompson significantly. As only the top 60 and ties are eligible for the penultimate event. Thompson has 304.900 points, which is 223.88 points behind the 60th rank, Bianca Pagdanganan. If Thompson manages to earn a 2nd or 3rd finish after the fourth round, she will get 320 or 230 points, respectively, and eventually secure a spot for the championship.

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Lexi Thompson talks about battling doubts

Before the ANNIKA Driven event, Thompson shared her routine for combating the self-doubts. She said, “You have to be 100% committed. If you’re not, you just back away and you try to get rid of those thoughts and go into it with a positive attitude as best you can.”

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As the past champion, Thompson is trying her level best to regain her position and attempt the greatest comeback of all time. Thompson has already done it when she shocked the world in the Solheim Cup. Will she be able to capitalize on her skills and qualify for the championship? We’ll know in just a few hours.

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Khambe Huda Imran

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Khambe Huda Imran is a fresh recruit to the golf team at EssentiallySports. Her love of all things sports and her overflowing passion for writing made ES a perfect blend for her daily routine. Drawing inspiration from her idol in the sport, Lexi Thompson, Huda is hellbent on covering the niche aspects of the sport and giving her readers unique insights about the LPGA and women's golf as a whole.
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