LPGA golfer Lexi Thompson appeared on "Fox and Friends" this morning to address criticism of her controversial "Golf Digest" cover photo, which shows her shirtless and covered with a small jacket.

Thompson, who's the first female pro to grace the cover of the magazine's "fitness and power" issue, said she's received a lot of positive feedback from the photo, although some are calling it too risqué.

"I have more clothes on in that picture than a lot of the girls that I go to the beach with," Thompson pointed out. "I actually have shoes on, I have shorts on and I have a jacket covering me. You know it’s pretty funny to hear those comments."

"I decided that I wanted to do it not only to represent myself as a professional athlete and a golfer, but to represent just all women athletes in general," Thompson explained. "Fitness is a huge part of my life and a huge part of the LPGA tour at that. There’s a lot of fit athletes out there, and you know, fitness is a huge part of an athlete’s life in general."

Watch the "Fox and Friends" clip above. Below, watch as Thompson goes one-on-one in the boxing ring with an "unsuspecting bro" (via Golf Digest).

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