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Lexi Thompson is only 17 years old.
Alexis Thompson is only 17 years old, and should be picking out prom dresses instead of deciding which iron to pull from her golf bag.
LPGA Commissioner, Michael Whan, granted Thompson a special exemption giving her LPGA Tour membership for the 2012 season after she won the Navistar LPGA Classic last September, even though she was still under the mandatory LPGA age requirement of 18.
Thompson also picked up a win on the Ladies European Tour (LET) at Abu Dhabi last fall.
She has been qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open since she was 12 years old.
Lexi has not challenged in the four LPGA events that she has played in thus far in 2012. She has two top-25 finishes to go along with a T-37 and T-51 in her four starts.
She has the length off the tee, the putting game, and the desire to provide strong competition for Yani.
At 17 it may take her a little time to become accustomed to the constant grind of travel and the demands made on her time but she will be a huge factor on the LPGA Tour.