Thompson turned down by LPGA
The LPGA have turned down 15-year-old Alexis Thompson’s request that they double the number of events she can play in.
The LPGA have turned down 15-year-old Alexis Thompson’s request that they double the number of sponsors exemptions allowed her in any one year.
The American teenaged prodigy is too young to be eligible for membership of the LPGA Tour – the minimum age is 18 – and has therefor been dependent, since turning professional last year on the six sponsors exemptions allowed non-members to play in LPGA Tournaments.
Recently she applied to be given ‘limited membership’ and to have her sponsors exemptions doubled to 12.
But on Monday LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan said the LPGA had “decided to deny the request after careful consideration”.
He went on to explain in his statement that the decision had been made after Thompson’s petition was balanced against the needs of the Tour’s rank-and-file members, a good many of whom are struggling to compete in as many as 12 events each season because of the limited fields and the reduced number of Tournaments brought about by the economic downturn.
Reflecting former World No 1 Christie Kerr’s assertion that in the present climate there were some Tour Members who could not make a living, Whan pointed out that, as opposed to the Tour’s 34 events in 2008, there would be only 25 events this year with 13 of those being stage outside the United States in countries as far away as China and Japan.
“Lexi has remarkable skills for a 15-year-old, and if she continues to grow and develop, I believe that she should have a great future, both on and off the golf course.
“This season, Lexi still will be able to secure up to six sponsor exemptions for LPGA-sanctioned events, and also may choose to pursue additional playing opportunities through our ‘open’ Monday qualifier format,” Whan added
Thompson is not without a pedigree.
As a 12-year-old she established herself as the youngest-ever player to qualify for the US Women’s Open and though her professional debut last June at the ShopRite LPGA Classic ended with her missing the cut, she more than made up for it in the following month when she tied for 10th in the US Women’s Open at Oakmont and then underlined her precocious ability two weeks later with a second-place tie in a world class field at the elite Evian Masters in France.
In all she competed in eight events last year, six through sponsor exemptions and two via pre Tournament qualifiers.
She has qualified for the US Women’s Open for the last four years and, as an amateur, matched the success of LPGA Tour stars Lorena Ochoa (201) and Paula Creamer (2003) with triple gold medals at the Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship.
Romain Langasque equals course record to lead Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The Frenchman recovered from an early bogey with two eagles and eight birdies to reach 11 under par.
Rory McIlroy bemoans ‘ugly year’ and seeks solution to divide in golf world
The arrival of Saudi-backed LIV Golf series has fractured the game in 2022.
On this day in 2014 – Europe retain Ryder Cup with Gleneagles victory
The Gleneagles victory was Europe’s eighth win in 10 matches.
‘Is this where I am going to die?’ Nicolas Colsaerts on kidney disorder battle
The Belgian is the focus of attention this week as he belatedly defends the Cazoo Open de France title he won three years ago.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe team
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Open champion Cameron Smith wins first LIV trophy in just second start
The world number two is the highest-ranked player to join the rebel series.
Robert MacIntyre beats Matt Fitzpatrick in play-off to win Italian Open
MacIntyre birdied the first extra hole at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Matt Fitzpatrick holds narrow lead ahead of final round at Italian Open
Rory McIlroy and Aaron Rai are one shot off the pace.
Rory McIlroy picks up the pace to claim lead ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick in Rome
McIlroy’s group looked unlikely to complete their second rounds after taking three hours to play nine holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick leads way at Italian Open despite ‘inconsistent’ display
The US Open champion held a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Tom Lewis,