By Daily Mail Online Reporter. At 12, she became the youngest player to appear in the U. S Women's Open. Now 20, Lexi Thompson can boast six professional championships and most recently, a provocative magazine cover. She appeared in the Women's U. Open when she was just At the time she was the youngest player ever to have appeared in the major tournament.
In the last year or so, Lexi Thompson has not shied away from showing her physique. Now, she's ditching the bathing suit and a shirt for the cover of the May issue of Golf Digest. Thompson appears topless on the cover, using a gym towel as a cover on the magazine's Fitness and Power issue. This is the third year for the issue, and it's the first to feature an active professional golfer. Holly Sonders, now with Fox Sports , appeared in a sports bra and hot pants in the first year.
In the professional sports world, we see all different types of shapes and sizes in athletes. Some athletes such as swimmers tend to be more on the slender side. Others such as hockey or basketball typically have more lean, proportionate bodies. Then there are the rare exceptions like baseball and football players that have more muscular bodies needed to endure the punishment of grueling, long seasons. One of the more forgotten about sports when comparing body types is golf.
When Lexi Thompson decided she wanted to rid herself of the 'little girl on the big tour' image, who she gonna call? She shot at the US Open in and missed the cut by a country mile. Most golfers would have felt so humiliated they would refuse to pick up a golf club ever again. Lexi Thompson did. She even made the cut in , finishing 34th.