After being given a 4 shot penalty on the 12th hole of the final round of the ANA Inspiration from a ball marking infraction on the previous day, Lexi battled hard to get back to the top and force a playoff with So Yeon Ryu.
Lexi wasn’t victorious after Ryu held her birdie putt to take the leap into Poppies Pond.
We’ve rounded up how golfers, sportsmen and non golfers have reacted to the ruling…
Well it was an emotional day here for me, first off I do want to say what I had done was 100% not intentional at all I didn't realize I had done that. I want to say thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers and Mission Hills for making this week possible at the @anainspiration ! Also to the fans out there, words can't describe what you being there for me, meant to me. You helped me push thru those last holes so thank you for always believing in me. A big thanks to my caddy as well for always staying positive and being there for me when it got tough. I played some great golf so definitely a lot of positives to take from the week. Time for a very needed 3 weeks off now. Thank you everybody ❤Apr 2, 2017 at 8:25pm PDT
Viewers at home should not be officials wearing stripes. Let’s go @Lexi, win this thing anyway.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 3, 2017
So does that mean if a viewer calls in a ruling on the winner after the tournament is over, is the trophy taken away….? Wtf
— Alison Lee (@alisonlee) April 3, 2017
Come on @Lexi you can do it!!!!!
We really need to do something about people being able to call in. Especially days later ??. Poor girl
— Brittany Lincicome (@Brittany1golf) April 3, 2017
— Anna Nordqvist (@ANordqvist) April 3, 2017
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 3, 2017
Such a bummer. Gutted for @Lexi. Played her heart out and fought back so hard.. She deserved the W!
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) April 3, 2017
@Lexi , you showed tremendous heart out there. I applaud you for being such a class act ????
— Ariya jutanugarn (@jutanugarn) April 3, 2017
Today I witnessed @Lexi define the name of the tournament. Her class, grace, and guts were nothing short of being truly inspirational.
— Jerry Foltz (@JerryFoltzGC) April 3, 2017
Feeling for Lexi…some things in sports just don’t make sense. Unreal fortitude shown. Heart of a champion.
— Zach Johnson (@ZachJohnsonPGA) April 3, 2017
— Annika Sorenstam (@ANNIKA59) April 3, 2017
Come on @Lexi!!! Make this putt! The whole world is pulling for you!!
— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) April 3, 2017
— Natalie Gulbis (@natalie_gulbis) April 3, 2017
She has tears. We’ve got goosebumps. And if this eagle putt goes it’ll be one of the most amazing things in this history of this goofy sport
— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) April 3, 2017
Unbelievable… really need to CHANGE and do something about people being able to call in!
— Lydia Ko (@LydiaKo) April 3, 2017
Another rough day for the deep dark complex rules of golf. Simplification cannot come quick enough.
— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) April 3, 2017
.@LPGA earlier tonight at WrestleMania I think I saw one guy hit another with a garbage can. Not sure if that’s legal. Please investigate.
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) April 3, 2017