SAN FRANCISCO — Lexi Thompson kept her AirPods in her ears until the first player in her group, Megha Ganne, stepped up to hit her opening drive Sunday at the United States Women’s Open.
Thompson, who started the final round at the Olympic Club’s Lake Course with a one-stroke lead, was bidding to win her second career major title, and her first since 2014. With a victory, she would break a 10-major winless streak by American women. With so much at stake, she wanted to wall herself off from all the noise.

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