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A rejuvenated Lexi Thompson seeks maiden victory in Saudi Arabia

Aramco Saudi Ladies International Presented by PIF
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Lexi Thompson exudes confidence as she assesses her prospects for the Aramco Saudi Ladies International Presented by PIF.

Speaking to the media ahead of her second tournament of 2024 in Riyadh on February 15th, a calm and composed Thompson expresses her eagerness for victory, aiming for her first win since 2022.

Following Alison Lee's historic win for American women in Saudi Arabia at the Aramco Team Series Presented by PIF – Riyadh in 2023, Thompson sets her sights on being the next to hoist a trophy in the country.

"I wasn't here in October, but I did hear that it's playing a bit differently, a little bit more length, and then the wind, which I think will play a big factor on the golf course."

"It's a great layout, it definitely involves a lot of thinking, I think going into the greens, a few of the tee shots are definitely on the wider side, but some of them neck up in certain areas."

“It's a thinking golf course. But especially with the wind that we’re expecting, gusts of 25 to 30 miles per hour. You just have to trust your lines off the tees and really commit out there."

Aramco Saudi Ladies International Presented by PIF
Image credit: Aramco Saudi Ladies International Presented by PIF

Thompson draws encouragement from her strong showing at last year's tournament, where she matched a course record at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, ultimately securing a T3 finish, narrowly missing out to Lydia Ko by just three strokes.

But rather than pile the pressure on herself, Thompson has been taking it all in her stride, even when a humpbacked hazard arrived on the golf course.

“Getting to see two camels out on the course? You certainly don't get to see that every day in a Pro-Am. I'm enjoying the whole experience. I think all the girls are and it's an amazing field this week and I think it just speaks wonders to the tournament.”

Amidst a formidable field featuring past champions like Georgia Hall and Emily Pedersen, as well as the presence of World No. 8 Charley Hull, Lexi Thompson anticipates a fierce competition in the desert.

However, fueled by renewed optimism and a hunger to recapture the magic of last year, Thompson remains hopeful that 2024 will kick off on a high note, aiming to seize the substantial $5 million USD prize fund.

"Every time I tee it up, it's my number one goal to win the tournament. I'm just going to take one shot at a time, fully commit to each and every shot, and see where it takes me."

The Aramco Saudi Ladies International Presented by PIF begins Thursday 15 February 2024.