LPGA reactions to Thompson petition

By Randall MellDecember 4, 2010, 3:48 am

ORLANDO, Fla. – Fifteen-year-old Alexis Thompson’s petition to gain more access to the LPGA through more sponsor exemptions will ultimately be ruled upon by commissioner Mike Whan, but LPGA pros have their own opinions.

After her round Friday at the LPGA Tour Championship, two-time major champion Cristie Kerr said she’s against the petition.

Thompson’s seeking 12 sponsor exemptions next year, six more than tour rules allow. Her agent, Bobby Kreusler, says she’s proved she deserves more and that it’s a good future pathway for up-and-coming young phenoms who are too young to seek tour membership but have proved themselves in tour events. The LPGA requires members be 18 years old.

“I don’t think you can do that,” Kerr said of Thompson’s petition for 12 sponsor exemptions. “You get six exemptions, unless you’re a member of the tour. And you have the right to qualify. That’s never been done before. I wouldn’t expect that it would be done . . . I don’t think that’s a good idea for the tour.”

LPGA veteran Angela Stanford says the nature of today’s LPGA schedule, and the fewer opportunities available for rank-and-file members, has her against expanding sponsor exemption restrictions. She believes the limit of six sponsor exemptions for non-members protects the privileges that members have earned.

“I think if you look at our schedule, and I’m talking about just present day, [12 sponsor exemptions] is half our events,” Stanford said. “That’s not fair. I’m sorry. I just don’t think you allow somebody opportunities into half our events when you have members who, maybe, won’t be able to get into tournaments. I think six is a great number, especially present day. If our schedule continues to grow, maybe eight. I would hope we would never go over more than 10. That’s just to protect the membership.

“She’ll get her six exemptions. She’ll get into the U.S. Open. That’s seven events. A lot of our members may not play in that many, I’m not sure about that. But, I think six is fine.”

Morgan Pressel, who was granted a petition for a waiver of the tour’s 18-year-old age restriction when she was 17, was non-committal when first asked about Thompson after her round.

“It’s the first I've heard of it,” Pressel said. “I think it’s interesting.

“I was going to be 18 in the middle of the season when I petitioned. It just happened that my birthday fell in the middle of the year. It’s a different situation. I guess they just feel she’s ready and they want her to play more.”

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

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Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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