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Lexi Thompson back to work in Texas as major champ

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 30, 2014 at 2:09 pm •  Published: April 30, 2014
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IRVING, Texas (AP) — Lexi Thompson got a congratulatory text from Nancy Lopez, a letter from Arnold Palmer and countless tweets.

There was also a trip to Germany for sponsor Puma that included doing a commercial with Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, along with several media appearances.

A lot has happened for Thompson in the three weeks since the 19-year-old American became a major champion. Now it is time to get back on the course.

"Yeah, they've been pretty busy," Thompson said, adding that she still managed to practice and train. "Worked on a few things. Just trying to keep my swing groove like it was at Kraft Nabisco. And working on the same things, but I feel really good coming into this week."

Thompson tees off Thursday at the second North Texas LPGA Shootout, where world No. 1 player Inbee Park is the defending champion.

In the two LPGA tournaments Thompson didn't play after winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship the first weekend in April, Michelle Wie won at home in Hawaii and Lydia Ko won last week in San Francisco only days after turning 17 and moved up to No. 2 in the world.

"I'm not even the young one out here. Now Lydia is," the sixth-ranked Thompson said with a smile, though Ko isn't playing at Las Colinas Country Club this week. "But it's great to see that the game is getting younger."

Park, who has been No. 1 for 55 consecutive weeks, was bogey-free the final 35 holes while winning the inaugural North Texas event last year. This is already the third title defense this season for the 25-year-old South Korean who just bought a new home in Las Vegas, and plans to spend next week furnishing it.

"I'll be just, you know, be using my credit card a lot next week," Park said, laughing. "So I better make some money this week."

Park was the runner-up in Thailand in her first title defense this year, and finished 38th at the Kraft Nabisco, though she has bounced back from the season's first major with consecutive top-four finishes.

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