Report: Lexi Thompson parts with caddie

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[November 13, 2018]    Lexi Thompson has parted ways with caddie Kevin McAlpine ahead of this week's season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, according to Golfweek.

 

Thompson, 23, has fallen to eighth in the Rolex Rankings during a trying 2018 in which she has failed to win and took a month off to address personal issues.

She began 2018 ranked No. 4 and rose to second following a tie for sixth place at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic to begin the season. Thompson tied for second the following week and had a stretch in which she reeled off three consecutive top 10s, included a tie for fifth at the U.S. Women's Open the first week in June.

The last of those came at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship later that month. Thompson withdrew from the Women's British Open less than a month later, citing the need to "recharge my mental batteries."

She returned to tie for 15th at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, but has only one top 10 -- a tie for ninth at the Cambia Portland Classic -- in eight events since returning to the LPGA Tour. Meanwhile, she dropped to eighth in the rankings following a tie for 19th at the TOTO Japan Classic, her lowest ranking since early 2017.

McAlpine, a former Scottish Amateur champion, began caddying for Thompson in March of that year. He quit his job selling kids golf equipment in Scotland to come caddie for Thompson, but confirmed to Golfweek that he will not be on her bag this week.

If Thompson doesn't win this week's tournament, which she lost a final-round lead to Ariya Jutanugarn at last year, it will mark her first winless season since 2013.

--Field Level Media

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