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Short game trips up Thomson at qualifier

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On a day where the wind was howling, it wasn’t Christin Thomson’s driver that was letting her down during Monday’s qualifier for the CN Canadian Women’s Open in Winnipeg.

Rather, it was her putter that was giving Thomson trouble as she finished at 11-over 83—well out of the running for the four berths up for grabs at the LPGA’s Canadian stop.

“I got off to a bit of a rough start and putting held me back,” she acknowledged.

“It wasn’t my day,” Thomson added. “It didn’t work out this year.”

Because her shots off the tee were encouraging, Thomson said her short game will be the main area of focus in the immediate future.

“Off the tee, I drove it great,” she enthused. “I hardly missed a fairway.

“And in the wind we were playing in, that was definitely a huge plus.

“There are parts of my short game that are still lacking, and I’ve got to try to look at the good things that are going on and work on the things that could be better,” she reasoned.

“That’s all you can do.”

It was the first time Thomson had entered the Open qualifier for one of four slots available in the main tournament. And she was glad for the opportunity to try it out, being a relatively short drive from here.

“I had never done the Monday qualifier for the Open,” she noted. “The last couple years it had been in Calgary and Ottawa, so it was a lot to go [through] for one day.

“I figured I really wanted to give it a shot because it was in Winnipeg and it was just a short trip in for me, so it was good.

“I’m glad I did it,” Thomson added. “I wanted to give it a shot because I’m starting to have some really good days in practice.

“Unfortunately, it isn’t really coming together in tournaments right now,” she admitted.

Thomson said her showing on Monday was a bit of a microcosm for the year as a score of 80 seems to be a glass floor that’s difficult to break through.

“It’s been a little bit of a bummer type of season,” she remarked.

“It’s been tough. I’ve been having the same scores, right around 80 or just a little bit higher, and it’s not really cutting it when it comes to tournaments.

“I know it’s because of what I’m going through with my game,” she added.

“Golf can be like that sometimes.”

From here, Thomson plans to head to Arizona to compete in some events on the Cactus Tour, and also is planning to play in the Arizona State Open in October.

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