Lexi Thompson enters the final major championship of the season in peak form, fresh off her second victory of 2017 at the Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim, which lifted her to second in the world. Thompson is the only American with multiple wins this season and the only player on the LPGA Tour with wins in each of the last five seasons.
Thompson hopes to join Suzann Pettersen (2013) as the only players to win both The Evian Championship and the event preceding. The other three players to win the event prior went on to miss the cut at Evian Resort Golf Club. If she wins, or even if she finishes fourth or better, there are several mathematical possibilities that she could become the number one player in the world.
The 22-year-old sounds poised for the challenge of the quick turnaround from last week’s win, saying, “It’s definitely tough. Even though it’s only a six-hour time difference, it’s hard to get used to. I think I slept for like 11 hours last night. I’ve never slept that long, in a while. It is definitely hard to get used to the time change and just a lot of travel and having to play golf the next day, but it’s something I’m kind of used to. I’ve done the travel since I was 15 years old going out of the country and everything, so I’m pretty used to it.”
If Thompson can win again this year, she’ll be the first American with three or more wins in a season since Stacy Lewis, the last United States player to become the world number one, won three times in 2014.