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Golf - Thompson takes inspiration from mother's cancer fight
June 30, 2017 / 3:17 AM / 5 months ago

Golf - Thompson takes inspiration from mother's cancer fight

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois (Reuters) - Lexi Thompson spoke for the first time about her mother Judy’s recent uterine cancer diagnosis at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Olympia Fields on Thursday.

Jun 29, 2017; Olympia Fields, IL, USA; Lexi Thompson tees off on the eleventh hole during the first round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Olympia Fields Country Club - North. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

”It’s been rough,“ Thompson said, speaking after her first round. ”I’ve known for a few weeks. She’s my best friend.

“So hearing that, and then just dealing with a lot of things this year, it was kind of like a breakdown moment for me.”

The eight-times LPGA Tour winner said her mother had already been through a battle with cancer.

“I remember when she got diagnosed with breast cancer and luckily they caught it pretty early when it was a small size,” she said.

“That was a challenging time for me when I was younger. She’s about an eight-or-10-year survivor. Just to see how much she’s fighting, it’s inspirational.”

Thompson carded a one-under 70 on Thursday, four strokes behind leaders Amy Yang and Chella Choi.

Editing by Peter Rutherford

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