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04 June 2023

Thompson jumps starting gun with skydive stunt

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Lexi Thompson ticked off one of her bucket list items on Wednesday when the American No. 1 completed her first parachute jump during the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship tournament on Wednesday.

Thompson's debut skydive was a tandem freefall with a member of the United States Navy as they landed on the first tee for her pro-am round where her golf caddie and playing partners were patiently waiting.

The 22-year-old Thompson said that the parachute jump over the Kingsmill Resort River golf course was something that she has always wanted to do.

"A dream come true is all I can say. Not only did I get to skydive, but I got to jump with NAVY SEALs," said the world number five, who is a seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour.

Thompson is also a backer of the SEAL Legacy Foundation and will wear blue camouflage clothing during her Sunday round. The Foundation was formed to help provide education assistance to families of wounded and dead Navy SEALs.

"We all get to compete each week on the LPGA Tour because of the sacrifices of the SEALs and their families, so giving back is the least I can do."