16 Year Old Lexi Thompson Becomes Youngest Ever LPGA Winner

She’s still five months away from her 17th birthday, but 16-year-old Lexi Thompson is now on top of the world after her stunning five-stroke victory at the LPGA Navistar Classic in Prattville, Alabama.

Lexi’s win saw her become the youngest ever golfer to win an event on any professional tour, let alone the LPGA. She shot a final round 70 to finish on 17-under-par to take home a winner’s cheque for £124,000.



Before her, Marlene Hagge, 18, was the youngest ever winner on the LPGA tour, when she won the Sarasota Open in 1952, though that event was decided over just 18 holes. Paula Creamer held the record for an event consisting of multiple rounds when she won the 2005 Sybase Classic at the age of 18 years and nine months.

South African golfer Ashleigh Ann Simon holds the record on the Women’s European Tour when she won the 2007 Catalonia Ladies Masters just a few weeks after her 18th birthday.

In the men’s game, Matteo Manassero is the youngest ever winner on the European Tour when he won the Castello Masters in Valencia in 2010 when aged 17. The same year, Australian Jason Day lifted the Byron Nelson Championship aged 19 to set a new benchmark for the PGA Tour.

“I knew I was going for the record but I was focusing on the golf course and doing my best,” stated Thompson after her win.

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It was an emotional day for her father Scott, who caddied for his daughter, the golfing prodigy: “The feeling is unbelievable,” he stated following her stunning triumph.

“I wanted to cry but I held back, I couldn’t be more proud….This is the most nerve-wracking thing I have ever done. It’s harder on me than her. I just give her a number,” he stated.

“We had kind of a rough beginning to the summer, then in the last month she’s been hitting the ball absolutely brilliantly. She just hadn’t scored [well] but it all came together this week.”

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Next up for Lexi however is her attempt to secure her LPGA tour card as current LPGA rules mean that she is not eligible for a card as she is not yet 18 years of age. The youngster had already been granted an initial exemption to these rules to seek qualification for the tour through their qualifying school, beginning next week in Venice, Florida, however it is not yet known if her victory will automatically grant her a place on the 2012 tour.

Her agent Bobby Kreusler has confirmed a waiver petition is being formulated to present to the LPGA to allow Thompson to play on the tour, but that he was waiting until the conclusion of this week’s Solheim Cup in Ireland before making his disposition to LPGA officials.

“Obviously this is a process,” Kreusler stated about Thompson’s LPGA appeal, “I am trying to be respectful of the Solheim Cup and want that to be given its proper spotlight. The same goes for Lexi’s win.”

The youngster is set for a whistle-stop tour of major American cities including Atlanta and New York as the media clamour for attention from American golf’s latest teen sensation.

“There’s still been some times where I think ‘I can’t believe what I just did” she told CNN on Monday.

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There are millions of golfers around the world of all ages, who share that disbelief, tinged with admiration, for the Coral Springs youngster.



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Madison October 26, 2011

I have really enjoyied reading your well written article. It looks like you spend a lot of effort and time on your blog. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work!

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Tommy Priest October 26, 2011

Thank you. Lexi sure is great.

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Artie Bregon October 31, 2011

Thanks for the writeup. I definitely agree with what you are saying. I have been talking about this subject a lot lately with my father so hopefully this will get him to see my point of view. Fingers crossed!

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