You often hear women golf fans saying that Lexi Thompson has been around the ages. Thompson is just 26 years old and is in her 10th year touring, competing in her ninth AIG Women’s Open. She made her debut in that major in 2012, just a year after Carnoustie first hosted the major championship. And it’s safe to say that the famous links more than lived up to Thompson’s high expectations after a 69th round in the first round.
“I expected it to be a little difficult depending on the weather. It’s just an amazing layout. It’s tough, but fair, ”said Thompson, who is ninth after 18 holes. “We’re looking for that on a golf course. But it’s in spectacular shape. I haven’t seen too much of the guys but I’ve had a few laps of practice and I have a local caddy in my pocket this week and it has been a big help. “
This local caddy, Paul Drummond, picked up the bag after Thompson and Jack Fulgham split up after the Olympics. Thompson acknowledges links golf is not her familiar place and she relied on Drummond’s expertise to help make the round a success. And it helps that the duo immediately see themselves as friends.
“Great personality to have on your pocket. He plays a lot of caddies here and is a great player too. That’s even better, ”said Thompson. “Just the local knowledge, especially for me, I don’t play that much here, only really once a year. So if you know the local knowledge of the golf course, the jumps where you can miss them if necessary, it helps enormously and makes you much more free on certain strokes. “