In the last year or so, Lexi Thompson has not shied away from showing her physique. First, she donned a two-piece for a Puma commercial. Then it was a bikini-clad shoot for Golf Punk. Now, she’s ditching the bathing suit and a shirt for the cover of the May issue of Golf Digest.
Thompson appears topless on the cover, using a gym towel as a cover on the magazine’s Fitness and Power issue. Alongside Thompson is the call out, “Lexi & the Women Who Outdrive You.” (She does. So do Brittany Lincicome and several other LPGA players.)
This is the third year for the issue, and it’s the first to feature an active professional golfer. Holly Sonders, now with Fox Sports, appeared in a sports bra and hot pants in the first year.
In 2014, Paulina Gretzky, fiancee to Dustin Johnson, was on the cover and sported a similar look as Sonders.
Of course, Golf Digest is looking to generate two things with these issues: eyeballs and purchases. So, that’s why, say, Adam Scott isn’t shirtless on the cover, although Rory McIlroy was last month.
Whatever issues with the Thompson cover aside, several other LPGA players are featured in a shoot inside the magazine in a manner that won’t ruffle the feathers of as many in golf. Michelle Wie, Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Cheyenne Woods are shown working out in what you might expect most people to wear to the gym.