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Competitive Spirit Running at Top Speed for LPGA Stars Thompson, Ko at IWiT

Lexi Thompson recently took a month off from the LPGA Tour for a physical and mental break, but she is refreshed and ready to go this week as the defending champion of the Indy Women in Tech Championship driven by Group One Thousand One at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course.

Thompson, from Coral Springs, Florida, beat Lydia Ko by four shots to win the inaugural IWiT event last year at Brickyard Crossing. She has enjoyed a solid 2018 and is ranked fifth in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings entering this event.

“It was a pretty special event, especially just for the first year of the event,” Thompson said of the inaugural IWiT. “It was great to see just how well this tournament was run and just the amount of fans that were out here supporting us. And that's really what we want to see.

“It's a very unique event, having those last four holes on the track, and it's something you will never see.”

Last month Thompson surprised many in the golf world when she decided to skip the Ricoh Women’s British Open – one of the “majors” in women’s golf.

“It was definitely a hard decision for me,” Thompson said. “I never want to skip that event. It's just a very prestigious event. But with how I was just mentally and emotionally, I wasn't ready to compete there.

“I felt like, if I skipped that tournament, it allowed me to have those four weeks of just figuring myself out a little bit, give myself the rest needed, and come out to the last seven or eight tournaments I have left refreshed.”

Thompson isn’t the only player ready to rock at Brickyard Crossing. Last year’s runner-up, Ko, also has fond memories of 2017 at Brickyard Crossing and is eager to contend for victory this week.

“It's definitely always nice to be back at a golf course that you have played well at,” Ko said. “And I have a lot of great memories here, and now this year they're supporting. And hopefully we're going to show more amazing golf to all the fans that come out.”

Seven of the top 10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings are in the field this week at Brickyard Crossing, including No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and No. 2 So Yeon Ryu of South Korea.

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