Lexi Thompson faces quick turnaround for MediHeal Championship

Lexi Thompson will tee it up on Thursday at Lake Merced Golf Club outside of San Francisco, just down the road from the Olympic Club where she lost a five-shot lead over the final 10 holes of the U.S. Women’s Open just four days prior.

Thompson’s game is clearly in excellent shape. The question is how quickly she can recover mentally from letting a major title slip from her grasp.

The turnaround for this week’s LPGA MediHeal Championship doesn’t provide much time for reflection.

“For me, the best way is not thinking about the golf and not even touch the golf club,” So Yeon Ryu said of what she has done after letting tournament leads slip away. “She (is) going to tee it off on Thursday here, so I’m sure it’s going to be really tough, especially when you just slip at the U.S. Open Women’s Open, not even regular tournament.

“Winning a U.S. Women’s Open is very special. I’m sure Lexi knows that, too. I know it’s going to make her even tougher.”

After shooting a bogey-free round on Saturday to take charge of the U.S. Women’s Open, Thompson faltered down the stretch on Sunday. She fell a shot shy of the playoff between Nasa Hataoka and eventual winner Yuka Saso.

“I think no matter what happened, nobody can take away from Lexi how great of golf she played,” said Lydia Ko, the 2018 MediHeal champion. “I’m sure she’s going to still come into this week with a lot of confidence, as she should, because it’s pretty hard to – it’s hard to win, but also hard to be contending at those moments.

“What she did was great. I’m sure she’s going to put on a great show again this week.”