...and showed us how to golf like a pro during the special Red Bull Energy Drink party at Topgolf Miami Gardens.
Lexi Thompson joined some of the greats of professional golf when she was just 15 years old. The South Florida native holds nine LPGA titles and now, she can hold a can of Red Bull with her face on it.
“It’s a huge honor,” says the now 23-year-old star athlete. “Red Bull has been such an amazing sponsor ever since I turned pro.” The announcement was paired with an event at Topgolf Miami Gardens, where Thompson met and mingled with fans and, of course, hit a few golf balls.
Here, Ocean Drive chatted with Thompson on going pro as a teenager, future goals and how to brush off the haters.
You became a professional athlete at such a young age...
LEXI THOMPSON: I started golfing when I was five years old. I grew up with two older brothers who played golf as well, so they got me into the game. I turned pro when I was 15, and it was a lot to deal with at first. But as I got to know people and gained more experience, it became easier. It’s been an amazing journey.
What was it like growing up with two older brothers who also played golf?
LT: Competitive. When we all get together we still have our intense golf matches out on the golf course. There’s a lot of trash-talking! When we were younger, we would bet for chores. Now it’s money. But they are always there for me with anything on and off the golf course. It’s nice to have that.
What’s been the most impactful moment in your career so far?
LT: Two really stick out. My first win at the Navistar LPGA Classic. My dad was there, and having that first win under my belt and having my dad there to experience it with me was a very special moment. The second was my first win at the ANA Inspiration in 2014. That was huge, and getting to jump into Poppie’s Pond was an honor.
You’re a Coral Springs native. How does it feel to represent South Florida?
LT: It feels great. I love representing Florida, and the U.S. too. It’s the highest honor. I love wearing my red, white and blue!
When you’re in town, where can we find you?
LT: Atlantic Ave. It’s the cool spot.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
LT: I want to accomplish a lot. I want to win. But I’m always working to get better, not only as a golfer, but as a person. I want to be known as an athlete who gave back to this sport and to the fans. That’s what’s truly important.
What advice would you give to young aspiring athletes?
LT: Do what you love, follow your dreams and don’t let anybody or anything stop you from achieving what you want to go after in life. There are going to be haters and obstacles, but you just have to keep on pushing through them.