Lexi Thompson, who was penalized 4 strokes after a viewer reported a violation, took to Instagram only hours after losing the ANA Inspiration.
Apparently Thompson did not properly place her ball down where she had marked her spot before putting out on 17 during the third round of the event. You can see a video below of what happened:
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) April 3, 2017
The LPGA issued the following statement explaining what happened.
Our statement regarding Lexi Thompson penalty. pic.twitter.com/bQrlIFrebQ
— LPGA (@LPGA) April 3, 2017
In her statement, Thompson made it clear that she did not move her ball intentionally on the 17th hole. She called her day “emotional” and said that she was looking forward to a much-needed vacation.
Well it was an emotional day here for me, first off I do want to say what I had done was 100% not intentional at all I didn't realize I had done that. I want to say thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers and Mission Hills for making this week possible at the @anainspiration ! Also to the fans out there, words can't describe what you being there for me, meant to me. You helped me push thru those last holes so thank you for always believing in me. A big thanks to my caddy as well for always staying positive and being there for me when it got tough. I played some great golf so definitely a lot of positives to take from the week. Time for a very needed 3 weeks off now. Thank you everybody ❤
Thompson was leading the event prior to being informed of the penalty. The four-stroke penalty dropped her to two behind the leader, but she rallied to force a playoff, but ultimately lost.
The four-stroke penalty gave her competitors a huge opportunity and So Yeon Ryu took advantage by pulling out the win. The controversy has led to many golfers, including Tiger Woods, stating that they don’t feel viewers should be able to point out violations that can affect outcomes a day later.