By any measure Lexi Thompson is having a very strong season. She notched a victory – her 8th career win – at the Kingsmill, she’s recorded runner-up finishes at the ANA Inspiration, the Manulife LPGA Classic, the Meijer Classic, and the Marathon Classic.
Thompson hasn’t missed the cut at the Ricoh Women’s British Open since 2013 and last year she finished inside the top-10. Although she didn’t play the Ladies Scottish Open last week, given the rigors and testing conditions at that event, her week of rest could prove an advantage over a field that’s just spent 72 holes battling the Scottish summer elements.
Lexi Thompson is bringing an interesting game to Kingsbarns. She’s long and strong off the tee, and she can be wildly inaccurate. Nevertheless, she ranks 2nd on the Tour in GIR – she may get into trouble during her trip from tee to green but she’s very handy at extricating herself. She leads the Tour in sand saves and scoring average even though she ranks 61st in putting average.
Thompson’s game skillfully blends power and finesse and is uniquely suited to the Kingsbarns track. Lexi Thompson isn’t going to be worrying about making the cut. She’s going to be thinking about notching the win and the oddsmakers are favoring her to do just that.