The Fringe: Lexi Thompson is all grown up — and flaunting it

Lexi Thompson made her debut in the golf world as a 12-year-old. She's all grown up now.

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Sexy Lexi: Thompson at the Top of Her Game

The 2014 LPGA season has been a breakout one for Lexi Thompson. She may have only collected one win, but it was a big one. Her victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April gave Thompson her first major and the fourth LPGA win of her career. In case you haven’t noticed, the girl who turned heads when she played in the U.S. Open at 12 years old is all grown up. 

In a recent interview with Golf Punk, Thompson delves into what life is like on tour, being destined for greatness, what it would mean to get into the Hall of Fame, and much more. 

"I realized I wanted to be on the LPGA Tour when I was at the 2007 U.S. Open," Thompson told Golf Punk. "That’s when it really hit me that this is where I want to be and play against those great players. I knew I’d have to work my butt off over the next few years to get there, but that was the moment I realized what I wanted to do." 

The photos that accompanied the piece were just as big of a story. "Sexy Lexi," as she’s referred to in the video, showed off her rocking body in a series of poolside photos for the magazine. Thompson shared the story and the photos on Twitter and Instagram: 

Thompson may be a long way from the Hall of Fame, but she’s certainly on the right track. Already one of the biggest stars on the LPGA Tour, he star figures to shine for years to come. 

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13-Year-Old Commits to University of Texas

Earlier this week, Mason Nome declared his intentions to play golf at the University of Texas … in 2019. That’s because Nome is just 13 years old. Yup. Thirteen. 

I declared my intentions to replace Tino Martinez as Yankees first baseman to general ridicule and fun-poking when I was Nome’s age, and I’m sure a lot of kids with similar dreams were too by their friends. Nome, however, should be taken seriously. I was nowhere near the baseball player that Nome is a golfer. 

"He has dreamed since he was little about someday playing golf for the University of Texas," his father, Craig Nome, said. "He cannot wait to be part of the future of Texas golf."

The eight-grader has already won multiple tournaments in his age bracket and is the second-ranked golfer in Golfweek’s class of 2019. So while my proclamations were wildly unfounded, this Nome kid could be the real deal.

Remember the name — I’m sure head coach John Fields will. 

Geoff Ogilvy’s New Practice Routine? Don’t

Geoff Ogilvy once was one of the game’s brightest stars. After collecting his first win in more than four years at the Barracuda Championship earlier this year, the 2006 U.S. Open champion now hopes he can get back to the level he once was. His secret now? Practice less.

That’s right — less. Like many modern tour pros, Ogilvy got caught up in the science of the swing and ignored what it was like to play golf. Because of this, Ogilvy says, he slipped into the biggest slump of his career. 

"I found myself dragging my clubs to the airport Friday night (after missing the cut) instead of Monday morning," Ogilvy said in an interview. "I finally realized I had fallen prey to a common tour disease: getting analytical, doing a lot of repetition, taking a scientific approach that tempts with possible answers."

Ogilvy continued, "I rediscovered that if I really want the ball to go straight and not into the bushes, I’m better off playing a match than hitting 250 balls on the range."

The change has helped Ogilvy see a resurgence in his play. The eight-time PGA Tour winner finished T-2 at the Deutsche Bank Championship last month and despite finishing last in East Lake, just qualifying for the Tour Championship guaranteed him entry into all four majors next year. 

Practice? Who needs practice? Allen Iverson would be proud

In Case You Missed It

Peter Uihlein has faced his fair share of challenges while on the golf course.

Formerly the world’s top-ranked amateur golfer, a two-time Walker Cup player, U.S. Amateur winner and, now, a rising star in the professional ranks, Uihlein is no stranger to the pressure the game of golf can present. Read More

Darwin Award Nominee: A Golf Ball Meets A Stone Wall

Golf fails are always fun to watch, because of schadenfreude and all. In this latest example, a guy decides to hit a shot at stone wall with the intention of… well, I’m not really sure.

As you’d expect, it didn’t end well. Read More

Out Of Bounds

Bryan Cranston is ready for postseason baseball — are you? In a new TBS ad campaign for its coverage for the upcoming Major League Baseball playoffs, the Emmy award-winning actor and star of AMC’s "Breaking Bad" puts on a one-man show, reenacting the greatest moments in postseason history. It’s actually pretty funny and worth a couple minutes this morning. If nothing else, it’ll get you pumped for October baseball:

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