Lexi Thompson Withdraws From Q-School
By mustang6560 on 9/21/11
Check. And potentially checkmate.

Lexi Thompson, the Tiger Woods of 16-year-old female golfers, officially withdrew from the second round of the LPGA Q-School scheduled for next week.
Lexi Thompson has withdrawn from next week's second stage of LPGA Q-School, her agent confirmed, adding that no deal has been reached regarding her LPGA membership.
The young phenom destroyed the field by 10 strokes in the first round of Q-School so her decision to skip the remainder of the tournament is a brilliant power move. She is basically forcing commissioner Mike Whan to play his hand--either he will stick to his guns and deny Lexi membership because of her age, or he will give into the growing pressure and give the young talent a card for next year. She's already proved herself by dominating at Q-School AND with her victory at the Navistart LPGA Classic? Personally, I think the commish would be foolish to deny Lexi membership. The LPGA needs a young, really talented American player to help bring viewership (and money) to the struggling tour.

According to the LPGA rules, a player must be 18 years old to gain membership on the tour (right, we got that), but a player under that age may petition for membership. The commis said he has not formally received a petition from Lexi's camp, but will make a ruling after he does. Lexi's agent said he will submit a petition after the completion of the Solheim Cup this week. The LPGA should borrow TNT's slogan for the next little while, "We know drama".



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photo via LexiThompson.com


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birdieXris says:
It's a lock. there's no way that Whan will not grant her membership on the tour. Guaranteed if he does, look for a resignation letter because they'd force his ass out. All the good he's doing for the tour would be washed away by this amazing blunder.
9/21/11
 
mustang6560 says:
How would this be a blunder? It should be tallied in his "success" column.
9/21/11
 
birdieXris says:
I mean not giving her a card. That would just be stupid. To wait 2 years for her to have something happen that might ruin the golf she's playing now. She's young and great at golf. Not to mention she's destroying the competition. If she petitions and Mike says no, it's gonna be a huge black mark with all the supporters he has.
9/21/11
 
mustang6560 says:
Word.
9/21/11
 
mjaber says:
mustang6560 wrote "Personally, I think the commis would be foolish to deny Lexi membership."

Is that a typo, or a clever play on words?
9/21/11
 
mustang6560 says:
Clever play on words, of course...(looks over shoulder, whispers)...typo.
9/21/11
 
Banker85 says:
she got him by the short hairs.
9/21/11
 
jeremyheslop says:
She will get it. I think it is just Whan stirring the pot and getting more LPGA publicity. That's his job though!
9/21/11
 
Kickntrue says:
She's in. I agree the publicity is good- which is why this isn't official- but there is no way Lexi's team would do this had they not been given word, or very strong encouragement that this would happen. While it may be Whan's job to have golf talking about the LPGA in late September, it's Thompson's family's job to get her into golf tournaments and make money. There is really no reason for her to try to force the issue on this one, so I'm guessing the family knows she's in.
9/21/11
 
homermania says:
She should stay in school and get a degree she can fall back on.
9/21/11
 
Kickntrue says:
@homermania- is that a joke? between endorsements and the golf she's already played she's now earned well over what most college grads make in about 15-20 years of work. She should probably cash in as much as she can as fast as she can, in case the gift somehow goes away. I'm all for school and what it can do for you both in education and in a lot of ways actually learning to think, but in the case of an athlete, you have a finite amount of time until you can't be an athlete anymore. i think she has to make the money.
9/21/11
 
jev says:
@kickntrue: "a finite amount of time". Like, say, a 30-year old can't win anymore? O wait, Laura Davies, second on the LET order of merit 2010, is 47.

She's got lots of playtime ahead of her. Withdrawing from Q-school however I consider to be a bad move, even if she's 10 shots ahead of the field. What is the reason she pulled out?

Get the girl an exemption when she shows she knows about integrity and honour.
9/22/11
 
srogers13 says:
I guess Bill Gates is glad he had his college degree to fall back, oh, nevermind.

As far as Lexi withdrawing from Q-School, the strokes do not carry over to the next stage or the last stage of Q-School. In fact, if this was anyone else that was over 18 and in her position (no status on LPGA) that won a tourney, they would gain status on the tour with their win, so they would also withdraw from Q-School, since they would not need to advance to the tour from there.

Her not being giving status (yet) has as much to do with an arbitrary age limit as anything else. And it is not like golfers can lose their mojo overnight. No examples out there like Ian Baker-Finch, David Duval, Tiger Woods, or even that can't miss prospect Michelle Wie.
9/22/11
 
EloraBlue says:
Just another classic example of athletic entitlement. "the rules don't apply to me because I'm good"
9/22/11
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
I respectfully disagree, EloraBlue: If a non-PGA Tour member wins an in-season event, they can choose to accept PGA Tour membership within 60 days of the victory. If a non-PGA Tour member wins one of the four professional majors, they can also accept Tour membership at the beginning of each of the next five seasons.

But for women who are not yet LPGA members, they are still required to crash another "glass ceiling," even if they win an event as Lexi Thompson and So Yeon Ryu have already done this year! Commissioner Michael Whan and the tour should have welcomed both women with the proverbial open arms the moment they signed their scorecards.
9/23/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
No one is going to argue that Alexis Thompson is not good enough to play on the LPGA. Clearly she has the talent. Her attempt to circumvent the established eligibility & qualifying rules, however, is wrong. She & the LPGA had a deal. She would receive double the # of sponsor exemptions & be allowed to petition for early membership into the LPGA in 2012, if she made it through Q School. A similar agreement had been made with Morgan Pressel a few years ago. Every other member of the LPGA (Sorenstam, Ochoa, Pak, Webb, Creamer, Wie, etc...) went through Q-school or played their way in via the Futures Tour. Now that Ms. Thompson has won an event, however, it seems that the deal isn't good enough. No, now the agreement and membership rules must be discarded.

The LPGA not granting immediate eligibility to winners is an odd oversight. Nonetheless, the LPGA has the right to formulate membership rules & it seems terribly wrong to allow outsiders, even extremely talented outsiders, to re-write the rules.
9/23/11
 
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