Thompson thriving on LPGA's international swing

Tue Oct 11, 2016 3:13am EDT
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By Peter Rutherford

INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - The jet set lifestyle of the LPGA Tour can be tough on players as they criss-cross continents and adjust to time zones, but the international swing has unearthed incredible talent and helps the circuit grow, American Lexi Thompson said on Tuesday.

While the PGA Tour rarely ventures outside U.S. borders, the women's circuit is hosting one-third of its 33 official money events on foreign shores this season, taking the road show as far afield as Australia, South Korea and Singapore.

The bulk of the Tour's 200 active players are international -- 127 representing 28 countries.

World number five Thompson has embraced the international flavor of the Tour and it has certainly been good for her career with six of the 21-year-old's 10 career victories coming outside North America.

One of those wins came at last year's KEB Hana Bank Championship and Thompson said returning to South Korea to defend her title brought back a lot of good memories.

"The LPGA Tour, it's such a global tour right now. We do travel a lot overseas, and we have a lot of international players, but it's all about the talent that we bring to the table," she told a news conference at SKY 72 Golf Club.

"Doesn't matter where we're from... I think it's great for our Tour. "We probably struggle with a little bit of the jet lag traveling to these tournaments, but I think it's great for growing our Tour, as well."


2016 Rio Olympics - Golf - Preliminary - Women's Individual Stroke Play - Olympic Golf Course - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 19/08/2016.  Lexi Thompson (USA) of the United States reacts after her tee shot on the fifth hole during third round women's Olympic golf competition.   REUTERS/Andrew Boyers