FROM milk to mineral water. Like the victors of the Indy 500 who traditionally douse themselves in a bottle of the white stuff, Lexi Thompson celebrated her win in last weekend’s Indy Women in Tech Championship by doing the same at the Brickyard Crossing golf course which weaves around and inside the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This week, the world No 2 will be hoping to toast another success with a different kind of liquid in the Evian Championship, the fifth and final major of the women’s year.

It’s been quite a season of ups-and-downs both on and off the course for Thompson.

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There have been two victories which have propelled her to the top of the LPGA Tour rankings but there was also the controversial four-shot penalty at the ANA Inspiration which cost her the second major title of her career.

All the while, her mother’s battle with cancer provided a poignant backdrop to Thompson’s golfing exploits.

“It’s been a crazy, up-and-down year,” said Thompson ahead of an Evian event in which she has recorded a second and a third in recent years.

“There have been a lot of emotions behind it. Knowing my mom is back to being healthy again has helped. I’ve learned how strong I am this year.”

Thompson forms part of a stellar field for the Evian showpiece which features the majority of the US and European players from last month’s Solheim Cup and 22 of the world’s top 25.

For the embattled Ladies European Tour, meanwhile, it is believed that talks are on-going about a possible buy-out of the struggling circuit.

A consortium of the LPGA Tour, the European Tour and the R&A could be set to take control.