A short term memory in sports is a must.

After failing in a four-way playoff at last week’s Pelican Women’s Championship, Lexi Thompson put the past behind her and entered the race for the CME Group Championship. The 11-time LPGA Tour Champion posted a par of 4 under par 68 on Saturday to reach 12 under and sits in seventh place with 18 holes remaining at Tiburón Golf Club.

“It was an unfortunate loss, but I got the positive from it. I think my game is in a good position,” said Thompson, who won the 2018 season final. “I played incredible golf there. last week I had some great putts. I took it in this week and kept working hard. If I let last week get to me, it will only tumble this week. I didn’t want to let it happen because i love it here [in Naples] and I embrace the moment to be here.

Whatever the course of the final round, Thompson will keep the pedal to the metal and avoid looking at the rankings. She will leave that duty to caddy Will Davidson, and any subtle clues he provides over time.

“If I’m on a roll and feel close, maybe I’ll ask him to watch 17 because that could be an eagle-birdie opportunity [to finish]”Thompson said.” I’d say it’s more about letting him know where I stand in the leaderboard and saying ‘Let’s go for this pin or maybe not.’ Kind of code and not be so blunt. I don’t play any differently. I play aggressive golf and still don’t change my swing or my game plan.

“I’m just going to go out tomorrow and focus on my game and how I played.”