The Shriners Children’s Open tees off this week at TPC Summerlin. 28-year-old Lexi Thompson is making history at the tournament, becoming the seventh woman to play in a PGA Tour event.
When announcing the news, Lexi Thompson said:
“I’m hopeful that my ability to play with the men next week at the Shriners Children’s Open sends a great message to the young women that you can chase your dream regardless of how hard it is. I’m grateful to Shriners Children’s for this opportunity to spend the week alongside these inspirational kids.”
Patrick Lindsey, Executive Director of the Shiners Children’s Open, said:
“Shriners Children’s mission is to help all children live their best life regardless of what medical challenges lay in front of them. We are eager to have Lexi on the course and continue to break through barriers, just as our more than 1.5 million patients do every day.”
Lexi Thompson Shriners Children’s Open Odds
Here’s a look at Lexi Thompson’s odds for the Shriners Children’s Open.
Thompson sits near the bottom of the pack according to top sports betting apps, but there’s a lot of value in her odds if you think she’ll make a run for the win. More cautious bettors might prefer a wager on Thompson to make the cut, which pays less but has better odds of succeeding.
DraftKings features the best odds available for Thompson to make the cut at +335 as of Wednesday morning. Best live odds:
Lexi Thompson’s LPGA Legacy
Lexi Thompson is no stranger to victory in the world of golf. In 2007, she was the youngest player — 12 years old — to qualify for the US Women’s Open, according to ESPN. A few years later, she set another record, becoming the youngest player to win an LPGA tournament when she took home the victory in the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic.
In 2012, Lexi Thompson joined the LPGA. The 11 years since have been busy, and she has racked up a whopping 11 wins. Thompson has played for the US at six Solheim Cups. She also represented the states in the 2016 Olympics.
Lexi Thompson Making Golf History
This week, Thompson will become the seventh woman ever to play in a PGA Tour event. The first woman to join a PGA Tour roster was Babe Didrikson Zaharias, playing in the Cascades Open in 1935. LPGA co-founder Shirley Spork was the second.
In the years since, four other women have made the leap into PGA contention. Annika Sorenstam and Suzy Whaley burst onto the scene in 2003 with appearances in the Bank of America Colonial and Greater Hartford Open, respectively. Michelle Wie West made waves in the 200s and beyond with eight PGA appearances. In the 2018 Barbasol Championship, Brittany Lincicome became the latest addition to this historic trend.