- Underage Teen Sues Over Naked Pic In The Guy Game
- Topless teen sues over ‘The Guy Game’
- The Guy Game lawsuit: How stupid are we,…
- Column: Lexi Thompson wants golf, life to be positive
- These cool underwater photos of Lexi Thompson were not easy to take
- Lexi Thompson exclusive photo shoot
- Plus behind the scenes video and interviews
- Behind the scenes at the shoot video below:
- Lexi interview video below:
- This 20-Year-Old LGPA Player Is Proving Golf Isn’t Just a Guy’s Game
Underage Teen Sues Over Naked Pic In The Guy Game
A hot chick who was photographed topless when 17 is suing Gathering of Developers, Topheavy Studios, Sony and Microsoft because that picture and other material related to her appeared in the asstastic The Guy Game. The game, which was just released for the PC, but has also been available for the PS2 and Xbox since summer, has been ordered off shop shelves by a judge and will presumably have to be changed if they wish to re-release the tripe:
The problem is, the girl was 17 when she was photographed, which not only raises questions about the legality of the material, but renders moot any consent she may have given, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Travis County District Court.
The lawsuit says the 17-year-old did not give a “valid or enforceable consent or release” for her photo to be used. The plaintiff has suffered humiliation, embarrassment and shame since the game has been released, according to the lawsuit.
“Plaintiff is still a teenager and wishes to attend college, develop her career and be active in her community and church,” the lawsuit said.
Career as a topless model?
Topless teen sues over ‘The Guy Game’
A young woman has filed suit against Take 2 Interactive for including topless footage of her in “The Guy Game,” the Cox News Service reported Wednesday.
The pictures were taken during the annual spring break revelry on Texas’ South Padre Island. The woman in question was only 17 at the time and therefore legally incapable of giving her consent to be in “,” let alone half-naked.
Furthermore, the assertion that the female plaintiff, identified only as “Jane Doe” in the suit, was a minor, calls into question the legality of selling or distributing “The Guy Game” at all. As part of her suit, according to Cox, the plaintiff asked the Travis County Court in Austin, Texas, that all copies of “The Guy Game” with her likeness be removed from store shelves.
Reportedly, the judge hearing the case concurred, granting a temporary order prohibiting the sale of the game. The suit reportedly also said Ms. Doe’s image could be seen on the game’s official Web site, which was up and running normally as of press time.
Microsoft, Sony also targeted
Besides naming Gathering, the Take 2 subsidiary that publishes the game, the Cox dispatch says Ms. Doe’s suit also targets Microsoft and Sony as defendants, since “The Guy Game” has been available for the Xbox and PlayStation 2 (a PC version was scheduled to ship yesterday). Also named in the suit was Top Heavy Studios, the game’s developer. Attempts to get comments from all four defendants were unsuccessful as of press time.
When “The Guy Game” was announced last year, many industry watchers wondered if any major publisher would want to be associated with the low-budget trivia title.
Aside from its inclusion of various binge-drinking games, the title also featured footage of topless, “Girls Gone Wild”-esque young women as a reward for correctly answering trivia questions.
However, people were less surprised by the fact that the game was picked up by Take 2 Interactive than by the fact that the racy game dodged an adults-only rating. That’s because the owner of “” publisher Rockstar Games has never shied away from controversy. Most recently, Rockstar saw the media link its snuff-stealth game “Manhunt” to a murder in the United Kingdom.
Tor Thorson reported for GameSpot.
The Guy Game lawsuit: How stupid are we,…
Here’s the link to some of the coverage of the lawsuit. You won’t believe what you read.
There are several points here:
1) Her identity: “According to court filings, Doe was waiting in line to enter Tequila Frog’s bar on March 11, 2003, when she saw the nearby stage. Armed with a fake California ID she’d bought in Dallas and a “newly enhanced buxom” ” Now that you know where she is in the game you can bypass that section, cause no one what’s to watch a stupid underage kid anyway.
2)What parent buys enhancements for a 17 year old? ” “newly enhanced buxom” (as misnamed in court papers, presumably for “bosom”) given to her by her parents as a Christmas present the year before”
3) How stupid does she think we are: “Doe alleges that by virtue of the company’s negligence, Topheavy invaded her privacy and inflicted emotional distress. By failing to discover that she was under 18,..”
4) My point being made: “Topheavy attorney Laura Stapleton, ,… ” entered the contest knowingly with an obvious desire to gain the attention of the crowd while being duplicitous with to gain entry to the contest,” she wrote. “Because was acting as an adult and telling others that she was an adult, it was reasonable for Topheavy to believe she was an adult and treat her like an adult, and the law should follow suit by holding her responsible for her actions, like an adult.”
Can’t wait to see what happens with this case.
Column: Lexi Thompson wants golf, life to be positive
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — One of the rookies on the LPGA Tour next year was asked which player she admired when she started getting serious about golf.
She mentioned Lexi Thompson.
“It kind of makes me feel old. I’m 24,” Thompson said when told this, her smile a mixture of disbelief and pride. “For somebody to say I was a role model, that’s awesome.”
This wasn’t her best year on the LPGA Tour, with only one victory. That came one week after Thompson began the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open one shot out of the lead, started with three bogeys in four holes and never caught up.
But that victory at the ShopRite Classic was memorable because Thompson hit pitching wedge from 192 yards on the par-5 closing hole to 20 feet and made eagle. Power is appealing.
And it was meaningful, because it extended her remarkable run of at least one victory in each of the last seven years, the longest active streak on the LPGA Tour.
This also made her feel old.
“It’s pretty crazy to think that I’ve been out for so long and I’m only 24 years old,” Thompson said. “It’s been a great road, journey for me.”
The question is whether she feels 24 or someone closing in on a decade of golf at the elite level.
Thompson, with 11 LPGA victories, returns to CME Globe Tour Championship as the defending champion, blowing away the field by four shots. Her brother was on the bag and she had family who drove over from the other side of Florida. Those were happy times.
But it has not been without plenty of bumps along the way.
She took an extended break from golf last year to try to become more emotionally whole. She took to social media earlier this year to announce that she was getting off social media, bothered by an endless stream of negativity from people hiding behind handles.
And there is the relentless temptation to meet expectations that inevitably follow a player who was powerful and polished before she could drive a car.
“This year, I learned the most about how I need to be emotionally,” Thompson said. “On and off the golf course, I’m trying to be happier, be myself, not putting up a front, just trying to enjoy life more. I think that’s helped me out more on the course, especially recently.”
Her best golf was in the summer, when she won and was runner-up three times during a rare five-week stretch. But when you’ve been that good for that long, it’s easy to follow a narrative of negativity.
Should she be winning more?
Has it really been five years since she won her only major at Rancho Mirage and took a joyous leap into the pond?
Remember, she was 12 when she qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open in 2007. She was 15 when she finished runner-up at the Evian Championship. She was 19 when she won her first major at the Kraft Nabisco.
There was always the urge to feel like she’s playing for others.
“I’ve gotten to that point at some parts of my career, just a lot of expectations and feeling like I have to perform for others,” she said. “But now I know I’m putting in the hard work. I’m going out and trying to win. But it’s not going to happen every time. I’m not a robot. I’m human. This is my life, and I’ve put in a lot of work, and that’s what people need to realize.”
The challenge in golf is not one’s age or experience, but rather how young everyone else is getting.
Thompson’s best chance to reach No. 1 in the world was at the Tour Championship two years ago, when she stood over a 2-foot par putt on the 18th hole that would’ve won the tournament and made her player of the year and rise to the top of the world ranking. She missed, and Ariya Jutanugarn won the tournament.
Thompson, who has played only twice since going 0-2-2 in the Solheim Cup in September, is now at No. 9. She no longer is even the highest-ranked American. That distinction goes to 21-year-old Nelly Korda, who has won three times in the last 13 months.
Thompson spent her recent break working on changes to her swing, an evolving process that she figures will last as long as she plays for a living. She looks at this as a good year — a victory, three runner-up finishes, No. 6 on the money list, among the leaders in driving distance and greens in regulation.
Her lesson going forward is to be happy with what she has done and to not be as obsessed with what she hasn’t.
“The more pressure you put on yourself and listen to the outside on expectations and what you should be achieving, it’s just going to tear you down,” she said. “Then if you focus on that, you can’t perform to your highest.”
She knows this from experience, even at 24.
These cool underwater photos of Lexi Thompson were not easy to take
By Sam Weinman
The last time Lexi Thompson caused a stir with a swimming pool photo shoot, it was for a series of photos that showcased the young golfer in a new light.
Some of my favorite pics from the @golfpunk_magazine shoot 🙂
Thompson’s latest aquatic endeavor was every bit as cool and far more ambitious. It featured the LPGA star not in a bikini, but in full golf garb, with a golf club. . . underwater.
Put my own “golf twist”⛳ on the iconic Muhammad Ali photo from Life Magazine! Thanks @redbull for making this happen! 👍#RIPAli #TheGreatest pic.twitter.com/Qzr8rmeaMh
— Lexi Thompson (@Lexi) January 17, 2017
Don’t count the days, make the days count.-Muhammad Ali ☝Thoughts on his 75th Bday! #RIPAli Photo Inspiration: #FlipSchulke #Miami #1961 pic.twitter.com/RQxkX4hUpi
— Lexi Thompson (@Lexi) January 17, 2017
The full series of photos is pretty amazing, even more so when you consider what went into it. Photographer Al Bello, shooting for Red Bull, detailed some of the challenges of the shoot, from keeping the water still, to Thompson struggling to keep her eyes open, to cloudy water. In fact, the conditions were so bad at the first pool that the crew had to abruptly switch hotels to a new pool to get the right shot.
“I was laughing to myself because the pool we rolled up to had hotel guests lounging on the pool deck and swimming on vacation,” Bello wrote. “In true Miami laid back style the guests took it in stride with our Red Bull army invading their pool and sat back and enjoyed the show. We reset the lights and got to work in the clean pool.”
You can see the behind-the-scenes video of the pictures, which were inspired by a famed series of photos of Muhammad Ali training underwater, here:
#TBT to my day underwater! 💦See, I told you it was real! ☺ Thanks @redbull @albello55 for making it happen! 👍
Lexi Thompson exclusive photo shoot
Jan 20th, 2019
Plus behind the scenes video and interviews
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Chris McEniry (Video by Tim Southwell)
When Lexi Thompson decided she wanted to rid herself of the ‘little girl on the big tour’ image, who she gonna call? That’s right, GolfPunk!!
Blimey.. not so little Lexi no more…
Behind the scenes at the shoot video below:
Lexi Thompson’s first appearance at a major championship was a complete disaster. She shot 86-82 at the US Open in 2007 and missed the cut by a country mile. Most golfers would have figured that, maybe, just maybe, they weren’t that good after all. Most golfers would have felt so humiliated they would refuse to pick up a golf club ever again. Most golfers, however, don’t qualify for their first US Open aged 12 years and four months.
In fact, most golfers don’t qualify for their second US Open aged 13 (2008) or their third aged 14 (2009). Lexi Thompson did. She even made the cut in 2009, finishing 34th. She was 14 years old, for Seve’s sake!
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In 2010, still an amateur, Lexi was undefeated in the Curtis Cup, winning four matches and halving another. She turned pro the following week and signed sponsorship deals with Cobra Puma Golf and Red Bull. Those guys are no fools.
In September 2011 Lexi won her first LPGA tour event, the Navistar Classic by five strokes. She was 16 years old. She wasn’t even a full tour member at this point, having to pre qualify for events on the Monday prior to each tournament. When she won the Navistar, she petitioned the LPGA for full membership. Unsurprisingly, it was approved.
Within a couple of short years, Lexi Thompson had diffused all the crazy hullaballoo around her. All the inflammatory questions:
“Will she even make the cut?”
“Will she be able to handle the pressure?”
“Will she start crying when things go wrong?!”
All these hysterical doubts and questions were shot down before they had even taken flight.
Earlier this year Lexi won the Kraft Nabisco at Mission Hills. After a an astonishing second round 64, Lexi shot 69 on Saturday and went into the final day tied with Michelle Wie. Lexi burned up the front nine building a five shot lead.
Her 68 gave her a three-stroke victory and Lexi was crowned a major champion aged 19 years, one month and 27 days. Thankfully she didn’t have to ask any questions about being the youngest ever Major winner as Morgan Presell had already nailed that one a couple of years earlier. Following her major triumph, Lexi received 91 million impressions in 48 hours. Lexi Thompson was now a superstar.
The only thing left for Lexi to achieve was a cover shoot in GolfPunk. Call us old fashioned, but we’re real suckers for a charming, beautiful, successful golf starlet so we gladly obliged…
Lexi interview video below:
So Lexi, welcome to GolfPunk, how’s the shoot going?
“The photo shoot is going great. We’ve done a few different shots that I’m not used to, but I’ve seen some of the pictures and they look amazing. I’m really excited to see them in GolfPunk.”
Does it ever get annoying that people refer to you as ‘that amazing girl who played the US Open aged 12?
“Ha ha … it doesn’t really get annoying but I do hear that a lot, it just comes with the territory of having achieved that when I was 12. Bit I’m not the youngest any more! It’s the 11-year-old Lucy Li now. Records are made to be broken and I’m glad that I was part of a record. It was never a pressure or anything anyway. I mean, playing sport for a living, getting up and practicing on the range and travelling the world playing tournaments the best courses against the best fields… it doesn’t get better than that.”
Lexi Thompson, 12, makes her debut at the U.S. Open
Turning pro at a young age must have had certain pressures and expectations?
“It did but I just went out there and tried to ignore all of the stuff that was going on about me being so young turning pro and everything. I just focused on my own expectations and tried to play well in every tournament. I wanted to win obviously but I just set my own goals and didn’t listen to anyone else, because if you listen to other people it’ll just set you off track.”
Are you ahead of schedule regarding majors?
“It’s hard to say because, growing up, I’ve always set my goals pretty high, I’ve always played in older age divisions and in tournaments beyond what my actual age group.
“Going into 2014 my goal was to establish credibility and win majors, so I’m pretty happy with how it’s gone so far. But there’s nowhere to go but up from here so I’m going to keep setting my goals higher and higher and practice even harder.
“Career-wise I’d say winning tournaments and majors obviously and getting into the Hall Of Fame has always been a goal for me. Outside of golf I’d like to be known as a humble person and always great to my fans, always stick around after my round, good or bad, to sign every autograph and hang for pictures and everything.
“You have to realize, no matter how tired you are after playing a round of golf that these people have taken time out of their lives to come and watch you play and they support you whether you shot 67 or 80. You have to show them that you’re there for them too.”
When did you realize you were destined for greatness?
“Are you serious? (Laughs). Well, I realised I wanted to be on the LPGA Tour when I was at the 2007 US Open. That’s when it really hit me that this is where I wanted 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 realised what I wanted to do.”
How did you find it on tour? Is there a lot of infighting or does everyone get along?
“It is a very competitive field out there on the LPGA but for the most part we all get along. We’re all normal people off the golf course. Even when we’re out playing we still have conversations between shots and it’s pretty loose, but it’s a lot more quiet on Sundays, that’s for sure.”
Do you enjoy links golf?
“Yeah I do enjoy it. I just played my fourth British Open and it’s so different to Florida golf. With links golf you have to be really imaginative, manufacture different shots, you have to bounce a lot more shots… it’s really interesting, I love the challenge.
“The weather is a challenge. Usually it’s really windy and often quite cold, sometimes raining…. Or all at once! (laughs). You have to pack for every condition because you really don’t know what you’re going to get from day to day, even from morning to afternoon!
“With the ground so firm you’re constantly looking for ways to bounce the ball in there, often taking a little less club and working the ball up onto the green with a lower trajectory. Mainly it’s just pacing the ball in the right spots.
“Being from Florida I’m used to just getting the yardage, pulling the right club and landing the ball right on that yardage, you’re never playing a shot and anticipating bounce and roll out.”
Lexi at the 2015 Ricoh at Turnberry where she finished 17th, winning £27,000.00
Do you have a tip for the GolfPunk readers on how to play links?
“I would say you have to play much lower shots on the links, especially when the wind coming straight at you. I would say grip down half an inch to an inch, narrow your stance a bit, play the ball more middle to back in your stance and just keep a little more controlled swing so you can control that ball flight.
Lexi at Kingsbarns for the Ricoh 2nd August, 2017
“Mainly you just want to focus on a yardage where you want the ball to land, rather than aiming straight for the green or flag because all the undulations and everything will make the ball behave differently.”
You’re about to jump in the hot tub for the next picture, have you done anything like this before?
“Yeah, (laughs) this is going to be a bit of a different shot for me but all the others have come out great so I’m looking forward to this one. The photographer seems to know what he’s doing!
Looks can be deceiving Lexi, only joking. Now you’ve been through a lot of the shoot do you feel better about it? This is new ground for you…
“Yeah, well I got to see the different shots straight after we’ve done them with every outfit I had so it’s been great. The pics look great, it’s actually quite inspiring.”
Talking of inspiration, who has been your main inspiration so far?
“Growing up, both my brothers have been a big inspiration for me. My oldest brother Nick (Just so you know, Nick is a PGA Tour player, finished 77th in the Fed Ex last year – Ed), I’ve always tried to follow in his footsteps and he’s always there for me.
“Other than that I’d have to say Nancy Lopez and Tiger Woods. What those two have done for the game is incredible and Nancy, how she always is with her fans, she’s been such a huge role model for women’s golf.”
Lexi: Cobra PUMA Central…
What is it specifically you like about them?
“With Nancy it’s the way she carries herself, she was my captain in the Junior Solheim Cup and she was like a mom for me that week. I’ve always been impressed by how she spends so much time with her fans signing autographs, having pictures taken.
“Watching her made me realise it’s not only how we perform on the golf course, it’s how we get back to our fans and the people who look up to us.”
Lexi made her Solheim Cup debut (above) at the age of 18 in the controversial 2013 matches at which Europe famously won 18-10 to retain the trophy. Thankfully she didn’t have to answer any questions about being the ‘youngest blah-blah-blah’, as Charley Hull was also debuting aged 17.
After two defeats in the Fourballs (partnering Stacey Lewis Friday then Paula Creamer on Saturday), Lexi’s singles performance was won of the few USA high points on Sunday, beating Caroline Masson 4&3 to break her Solheim Cup duck.
How big a deal was the Solheim Cup for you?
“It was very big. In the few years running up to 2013’s Solheim Cup that was my number one goal. Any time you can represent your country, I mean there’s nothing like it, it’s truly the highest honour you can have. I loved every minute of it; there was so much adrenalin.
“I was more pumped up than any other time on that first tee shot. Every time the crowd went quiet I got so nervous and it seemed like I was standing over that first shot forever, so I kept trying to get them going and they responded brilliantly. To have those people cheering for you is the best feeling.”
Water hazard? No problem…
What’s the main difference in the level of pressure in a Solheim Cup compared to a major?
“There’s a lot of pressure in a Solheim Cup, I mean you’re not just dealing with yourself but you’re representing your country as part of a team that’s either been selected or qualified as the best players out there to represent your country, so it’s a very rarefied pressure.
“Majors are extremely pressurized also and super intense but the Solheim Cup actually helped me out a lot because every you have to make every putt and every tee shot you have to hit the fairway. The next few tournaments after the Solheim I was so relaxed, I felt like I could pull off any shot because I’d done it at the Solheim.
Do you have to personally like someone to be inspired by them?
“Laughs. I guess you kind of have to like them, I don’t think you have to meet them or anything but you probably have to like how they are personally not just their sport.”
What are the two best tips you have been given?
“Number one is definitely to have fun on the golf course no matter how you play, there is always something worse you could be doing! I was always told that you should keep your head up no matter what, don’t get too hard on yourself and always remember that golf is fun. If I had a bad tournament it was just onto the next one, no dwelling on the bad stuff. Positive attitude.
Lexi wins the Kingsmill, 2017
“Number two is making your practice productive. There’s no point just going to the range pounding balls without a structure to what you’re doing. All that will happen is, sure you will loosen up a bit, but you’re probably just reinforcing the mistakes you already have in your game. You have to practice in a productive way, get something specific out of it so you walk away from the practice area thinking ‘I got something out of that’.”
Is there someone you don’t like right now?
“Yeah (laughs), pretty much everyone I’m playing against! No just kidding, of course you want to beat all your foes on the golf course but it’s not like I don’t like them… it’s funny because, no matter how friendly you are with some of the girls – and I’ve got lots of good friends on tour and have grown up playing against them – it’s really easy to switch that off when you’re competing against them. As soon as I’m on that first tee I’m in the zone.”
What’s been your biggest mistake?
“Wow, there are plenty of mistake you make through your life that you wish you could go back and do over but whenever it’s happened, whether in life generally or golf I’ve learned from it and that’s helped get me to where I am today, I don’t like to dwell on past mistakes.”
Well, looking through Lexi’s brief but stellar career, it looks like mistakes are pretty hard to come by. She may want to reconsider how she took on the first at Birkdale in the second round this year but, hey, that only makes Lexi more like us, prone to the occasional moment of fallibility. We’ve all shot plenty of 10s in our time but the crucial difference is that 65s and 67s have been harder to come by for us mere mortals.
It’s helpful that Lexi doesn’t mind talking about the odd dodgy moment and her humility is quite frankly touching. When I ask her who would play her in a movie, she answers ‘Cameron Diaz or Katherine Heigl’, but not because they are good looking (which of course they and Lexi are), but because they ‘have a good sense of humour’ and seem ‘pretty laid back’.
When I ask her what’s the best chat up line she’s ever had she laughs like a maniac and gives me a classic (see box out below). You can pretty much talk to Lexi about anything and she’ll give it her best shot. She’s grown up now and is comfortable talking about just about anything. She’s no longer the cute golf prodigy we all ‘Cooed’ and ‘Aaah’d’ about back in 2007. Lexi Thompson is a woman on a mission, driven by an innate desire to be the best she can be as a golfer and a person. Her checklist may look something like this…
Be youngest to qualify for US Open – CHECK
Win Curtis Cup – CHECK
Turn pro – CHECK.
Win a major – CHECK.
Be nice to fans – CHECK
Do GolfPunk cover – CHECK.
Win the 2015 Solheim Cup for USA – CHECK.
Rollercoaster ride: Lexi & The Gang following USA’s stunning comeback to win the 2015 Solheim.
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Quick questions from GP readers
What is the best pick up line you ever heard?
Laughs … “Hah, I’ll have to think about it… I know it but I can’t remember the line…. Oh, yeah, I remember ‘Girl, are you tired because you’ve been running through my mind all day!’.
What is the largest animal you could throw over a soccer crossbar?
“Ha ha haah! I saw this question earlier. I’ve been thinking about this and, if I felt really strong, maybe a baby deer. If I get a running start and whoosh! Ha ha haaah, what are we throwing animals for?!”
Did they really land on the moon?
“I think so, we’re going to believe that they did.”
Did you get into trouble at school?
“I was home schooled, but yes I did get in trouble with my tutors online. I’m not gonna say why though! Well, it was mostly just being late with assignments and stuff but I had a good excuse, I was golfing! Either that or I just didn’t feel like doing it!”
Sam, Virginia Water
If you had a time machine would you go back or forwards?
“I wouldn’t go back because I like what has happened to get me here. Maybe forward to see what life would be like in the future but I kind of like the mystery of not knowing what’s going to happen.”
What song would you choose for American Idol?
“If I had a really good voice? I’d sing Since You’ve Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson. That’s if I had a really good voice. Which I don’t!”
You are on a desert island and can take three things…
“Do I have service??? I guess not… food and water, maybe a friend, and if I have service maybe a phone so I can call someone to come visit me… can I have my time machine there?
Ross McCormack, Leeds
What was the last gift you bought someone?
“I bought my mom a Mother’s Day gift of pedicures and pampering to make her feel special.”
Rory McCall Facebook
Who was the last male pro you beat?
“I can’t really say because I don’t play against men in competition. I get to play with Rickie a bit through Cobra Puma but haven’t for a while… if I could pay against anyone? I’ve always wanted to play Tiger… not really against him but to learn from him, I don’t think I’d have much chance head to head! I’d love to learn all his different shots and how he does that… and the mental side of it.”
The Brigadier, Haywards Heath
Who would play you in a movie?
“These names are awesome, The Brigadier? Is that for real?? I would say Cameron Diaz or Katherine Heigl, I like them, they both have great senses of humour and they seem pretty laid back.”
Philip Aidee, Facebook
What clubs do you use, and congratulations on winning the Nabisco.
“Well thanks Philip, I use cobra clubs and the AMP CELL driver and the Cobra S2 forged irons, the BIO CELL 3 wood and hybrid and the Trusty Rusty wedges.”
Could you kill your own dinner?
“I’ve never really been hunting before, I have been to a gun range a few times but I probably could… I don’t know if I could look at it or cook it after but I could probably shoot it maybe. Also if I was fishing I could probably do that.”
If a child refuses to go to sleep during naptime, is he guilty of resisting a rest?
“What?! (Laughing) Well, yeah,… isn’t he?.. He’s definitely guilty… is that a trick question? That’s the weirdest question I ever heard…”
What’s your favourite cartoon character?
“SongeBob Squarepants is my favourite. I haven’t seen him in a while but definitely SpongeBob. I mean why not? Gotta go with SpongeBob. He’s the Sponge!”
Billy Bart, Tenby
What was your first car?
“A Camaro SS. I got it after winning the Navistar LPGA Classic in 2011. That was my gift to myself for winning.”
Are you more a hunter or a gatherer?
“I’m probably more of a gatherer..”
Cats or dogs?
“Well I have four cats, don’t call me Crazy Cat Lady! I do love dogs but I’m travelling so much I can’t really have a dog at home.
Who is the biggest gossiper on tour?
“Hah, I can’t answer that!! It’s definitely not me though. I suppose if I answered that question it would actually make me the biggest gossiper on tour!!”
Who is the funniest person you’ve ever met?
“Well, I met Jonah Hill and he was quite a character. I didn’t get to spend too much time with him but the few sentences we had were very funny.”
What makes you cry?
“Sad movies, hospitals and sometimes being lonely. The same as everyone else!”
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In the last year or so, Lexi Thompson has not shied away from showing her physique. First, she donned a two-piece for a Puma commercial. Then it was a bikini-clad shoot for Golf Punk. 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. Alongside Thompson is the call out, “Lexi & the Women Who Outdrive You.” (She does. So do Brittany Lincicome and several other LPGA players.)
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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 2014, Paulina Gretzky, fiancee to Dustin Johnson, was on the cover and sported a similar look as Sonders.
Of course, Golf Digest is looking to generate two things with these issues: eyeballs and purchases. So, that’s why, say, Adam Scott isn’t shirtless on the cover, although Rory McIlroy was last month.
Whatever issues with the Thompson cover aside, several other LPGA players are featured in a shoot inside the magazine in a manner that won’t ruffle the feathers of as many in golf. Michelle Wie, Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Cheyenne Woods are shown working out in what you might expect most people to wear to the gym.
This 20-Year-Old LGPA Player Is Proving Golf Isn’t Just a Guy’s Game
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When you think of golf, you automatically think “sexy” and “action-packed,” right? Just kidding. But the sport that’s usually thought of as the pastime of retired men is certainly getting an image overhaul thanks to one six-foot, 20-year old female force to be reckoned with. Lexi Thompson, the youngest golfer ever to qualify to play in the U.S. Women’s Open (at age 12!), is well on her way to becoming a household name, and she’s shaking up the golf world in the process.
Yes, she’s making headlines for her game-just last weekend in South Korea she won another LPGA championship, a win projected to move her ranking from fifth in the world to fourth. But she’s also garnering attention for her impressive (and undeniable sexy) sponsorships and magazine shoots, including a hot tub commercial for Puma and her recent, topless Golf Digest cover (which earned her a mention in SNL’s Weekend Update). In other words, Thompson is giving anyone who thinks golf is boring, or a ‘guy’s game’, a run for their money. Get to know this athlete to watch-from how she reacts to body shamers to what she tells herself before stepping up to the tee. (And check out this behind-the-scenes video of Thompson!)
Shape: Your two older brothers are also pro golfers. When did you first get into the game?
Lexi Thompson (LT): I started golfing when I was five. We grew up on a golf course. When I started, my brothers were really into it, and we were always very competitive with each other. They were pretty tough on me-they made me tough mentally and physically, on and off the golf course.
Shape: What’s your stance on wearing makeup or doing your hair while you’re out playing? Where would you say you fall on the girly/tomboy spectrum?
LT: I don’t wear any real makeup while I’m playing, only sunscreen and chapstick, and I wear my hair in a ponytail. It’s usually too hot and humid for any of that stuff! Having grown up with my two older brothers, I’m much more of a tomboy than girly, but I do like to get dressed up and put on my high heels from time to time-for the right events.
Shape: You’re now 20, but have been in the spotlight since you were 12. Do you feel like you’ve been able to find some normalcy amidst all of that?
LT: My life is definitely different than a normal 20-year-old’s life, but it’s been amazing. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I’m still a normal girl when I’m off the golf course!
Shape: But, of course, the average 20-year-old doesn’t have 101,000 followers! Do you find that Instagram is a mostly empowering community?
LT: Social media can be really tough. Overall, my fans are truly amazing, they are so supportive and positive. But there are those individuals who just like to say negative things about everything, no matter what it is. And sometimes they say things that are really hurtful. And even with all the positive comments, they can be hard to ignore.
Shape: You stirred up some controversy this year when you posed topless (but covered in a towel) for the cover of Golf Digest. How did you react to all of that?
LT: You see more at the beach in bathing suits than you do in that cover. It’s an honor for me to represent women athletes and women in general. We tried workout gear, but I felt like the one we went with was the stronger photo. It made a statement. It was pretty awesome to be a part of.
Shape: Body confidence is such a huge part of female empowerment these days, especially with athletes. Was there ever a point growing up where you felt insecure about your body?
LT: I did feel very insecure about my body growing up, and like most women, I still do sometimes. But I ‘ve become more comfortable with my body as I’ve been able to work out more and concentrate on eating healthier. When I won my very first LPGA event in 2011, I realized that all my hard work was paying off, and that all my workouts and training on my body had prepared me for that moment. (Next, find out how LPGA Player Brooke Pancake Stays in Swinging Shape.)
Shape: What muscles-and types of workouts-are important to focus on to stay on top of your game?
LT: I’ve been working with a trainer focusing on core and lower-body to build power for my golf swing. I do 20 minutes of cardio every day-I bike a lot when I go to the gym since it’s easier on my body instead of running, or I’ll jump rope-and then I focus on flexibility with band work, and balance moves with a BOSU ball. Anything that helps with rotation while keeping my core stabilized helps me gain distance off the tee.
Shape: How do you make sure you maintain your fitness when you’re traveling for tournaments?
LT: When I’m on the road, I usually just use the hotel gym to make sure I get my cardio in and I always bring SKLZ bands with me. I’ll put those around my leg and do side squats. And I make sure I’m stretching a lot and using a foam roller.
Shape: How do you stay fueled?
LT: I’ll have yogurt with protein powder and granola. I make sure I have a good amount of protein. And I always have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, two Quest bars, and trail mix with me.
Shape: Do you still get nervous before a big tournament? Do you have any tricks to calm your nerves?
LT: I definitely still get a little bit nervous. I reassure myself with positive thoughts that I’m playing great and going to do great. I do some breathing exercises-five to 10 minutes of good, deep breaths-before I head on the golf course to warm up. And I’m always trying to pump myself up by finding something positive to say to myself-‘You’re a great putter’, ‘You’re a great ball striker’ or ‘Believe in yourself.’
Shape: Golf is stereotypically thought of as a man’s sport. Do you feel pressure to be a role model to young girls who want to be the next Lexi?
LT: I don’t really feel any pressure. The women’s game is growing tremendously. I’m part of the LPGA Girls Golf program, and I see tons of little girls picking up a club and getting into the game. The game is getting younger and a lot of girls are getting into it. It’s great to be a role model. I’m just doing what I love-I want to show that I went after my dreams.
- By Kylie Gilbert @KylieMGilbert