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LPGA green-lights teen Thompson for 2012 card

Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:18 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 1:40 pm
 

ORLANDO, Fla. -- OK, so the suspense wasn’t killing anybody.

One day after receiving a formal petition to allow one of the top junior players in the world to receive membership next year on the LPGA, tour commissioner Mike Whan on Friday gave Lexi Thompson the green light everybody knew was in the pipeline.

Speaking of pipe, it was a lead-pipe cinch.

After Thompson won the LPGA event two weeks ago in Alabama, beating a field that included world No. 1 Yani Tseng, the petition's outcome became as obvious as it was inevitable.

Whan earlier this year had already cleared Thompson, now 16 and the youngest player ever to win an LPGA event by nearly 1½ years, to try her hand at the Qualifying School process with the hopes of securing a card in 2012.

Then she jumped the developmental line, if you will. Right to the front, in fact.

“Lexi Thompson is a unique talent who has continued to grow, develop and mature both on and off the golf course since turning professional in 2010,” Whan said Friday. “Her overall performance, most recently demonstrated by her win at the Navistar LPGA Classic, has currently placed her among the top 50 in the world rankings.

“Additionally, her ability to handle the success and disappointment inherent to this game testifies to a level of maturity that I believe makes her capable of handling the emotional rigors of professional golf.”

Thompson is a fresh mix of teen enthusiasm, naivety and innocence. She’s nobody’s fool, either. A couple of years ago, she served as the standard bearer for older brother Nicholas Thompson’s group in a PGA Tour event in which he was playing. Unlike her other brother, LSU freshman Curtis, Lexi said at the time that she never plays against Nicholas with stakes on the line.

“Curtis loses, and is always washing his car and mowing the lawn for him,” she laughed.

So she’s been acutely aware of her talent strata for quite a while now and has planned accordingly. Whan was awaiting a formal petition to waive the age restriction from Thompson’s management firm. It arrived Thursday.

The LPGA has long age limitations in place, but Thompson is home-schooled and will turn 17 before the 2012 season begins. Players between 15-18 must petition for early membership consideration. Unlike Michelle Wie, for instance, Thompson has been on an advanced learning curve, but skipped no developmental steps along the way.

She won four times on the AJGA, the nation's premier junior circuit, won the U.S. Girls' Junior in 2008, played in two U.S. Women's Amateurs and first qualified for the U.S. Open at age 12, a record. She has played 19 LPGA events and her management plans to ramp her up to a full schedule slowly, not immediately.

Given the fact that she has already won once – the rest of the Americans contingent has amassed three wins this year on the LPGA – Thompson will be viewed as a quick fix and sure-fire panacea for the tour is way too premature. Aree Song, for instance, had a unbelievable track record as a teen amateur when playing against the professionals, turned pro, and has labored to make an impact ever since. Despite more hype than any player since Tiger Woods, Wie has been underwhelming as a pro compared to her earlier amateur results, too.

That said, Thompson would surely have fit right in, talent-wise, at the Solheim Cup last week, when rookie Ryann O’Toole made the U.S. team despite a not-so-grand total of 10 career LPGA starts.

Thompson, of course, already has an LPGA win.

Two, if you count the Friday ruling.

Category: Golf
Comments

Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 6:44 am
 

LPGA green-lights teen Thompson for 2012 card

Wie stumble in the Solheim, yeah right, she only sunk a 30 foot birdie when pettersen was like five feet away to take her to the final hole of the final match.
You guys read too many articles. 



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: October 2, 2011 8:19 pm
 

LPGA green-lights teen Thompson for 2012 card

Yes, the Hawaiian Ho stole my lunch money while I was surfing in Maui, thanks for reminding me.  She threatened me and I still have nightmares that are only soothed by the knowledge that she helped lose the Solheim cup, hasn't won on the tour, was voted most likely to refuse to contribute to the Stanford scholarship fund, and with any luck will one day lose her LPGA card.  Any more questions?



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2011 6:53 am
 

LPGA green-lights teen Thompson for 2012 card

As for Thompson, she should be granted a spot on the tour by virtue of winning this year.  The rule is short-sighted and stupid.  Hopefully, she is able to ace Q-school and make it a moot point 





Reading comprehension   &nbs
p;  not a strong point?



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 1:02 am
 

LPGA green-lights teen Thompson for 2012 card

Here's the Headline for the 2012 LPGA season:  We Have Lexi, Better Than Wie!

Michelle stumbles in the Solheim.  Does anyone look more out of place and gawky on the course than Michelle?!  And that dumb little half wave...what is that about?  "Oh, I will sort of wave since you applauded but I nearly tripped over my golf bag."
Did Wie steal your lunch money or beat you up as a kid? Wie is not playing the kind of golf everyone projected for her when she was 15, but she is getting an education at a top school, makes a decent living and doesn't have to work a serious job, and should have more than enough money to set her up for life. Sucks to be her, I guess. She was only mentioned in passing in the article, and not in a particularly flattering light, so why dump all over her?




Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:49 am
 

LPGA green-lights teen Thompson for 2012 card

As for Thompson, she should be granted a spot on the tour by virtue of winning this year.  The rule is short-sighted and stupid.  Hopefully, she is able to ace Q-school and make it a moot point. 
Whan had previously cleared her to go to Q-school to try and earn membership on the tour. What he just approved was her being a member, i.e., she doesn't have to go to Q-school, she has a spot automatically.




Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:38 am
 

LPGA green-lights teen Thompson for 2012 card

KA-ching!  Lexi won't have to win right away, that's for sure.  She'll be set financially for the time being.  I expect her to win again though...and before Michelle Wie.  great to see a fresh, young, AMERICAN face on the LPGA tour.  I wish her the best!



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:57 pm
 

LPGA green-lights teen Thompson for 2012 card

lexi will win the u.s. open not airhead paula creamer!she drives the ball twice father and has more length than paula!



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:55 pm
 

LPGA green-lights teen Thompson for 2012 card

what's soo hard about that?she won a tourney so she should be given exempt status!



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:53 pm
 

LPGA green-lights teen Thompson for 2012 card

i wish the  youngster very well!



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Wie?

Wie has been a "failure" so far because her dad is a moron who lives vicariously through her, and gave her tons of bad advice.  She was so busy playing against older people and men that she never developed the habit of winning against her peers.  Now, the "7-inch game" between her ears suffers for it.  
 
As for Thompson, she should be granted a spot on the tour by virtue of winning this year.  The rule is short-sighted and stupid.  Hopefully, she is able to ace Q-school and make it a moot point.  


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