LPGA, Lexi play the waiting game

By Randall MellSeptember 19, 2011, 6:51 pm

A day after Lexi Thompson became the youngest winner in LPGA history, her agent was busy writing a petition to seek full tour membership for the 16-year-old phenom.

“I’m getting good at writing these,” Bobby Kreusler, Thompson’s agent, said Monday.

Kreusler told GolfChannel.com that he spoke at length with LPGA commissioner Mike Whan by telephone on Sunday night about his plans to petition the tour to claim membership off Thompson's victory at the Navistar Classic. While Kreusler termed the talks positive, he said the matter won’t be fully addressed until next week, after completion of this week’s Solheim Cup in Ireland, one of the tour’s premier events.

“We are going to be filing a petition, but I don’t want to say anything more at this point,” Kreusler said. “It’s not something we want to focus on during the week of the Solheim Cup.”

Thompson supporters should consider developments promising in her bid to gain tour membership before she turns 18, the tour's minimum age. Basically, the petition will be filed this week, with a ruling expected next week. Kreusler is scheduled to continue discussions with LPGA vice president of competition Jane Geddes and LPGA director of tournament regulations Heather Daly-Donofrio.

Pressed on whether he’s working on a petition that would defer Thompson’s LPGA membership status until next season, Kreusler acknowledged it’s a consideration.

“But I’m not really prepared to address that right now,” he said.

A significant factor in deferring membership is that LPGA rules dictate that a player who immediately claims tour membership for a victory is deemed a rookie in that season. So if Thompson were able to claim immediate membership off the Navistar Classic victory, she would not be eligible for Rookie of the Year honors in 2012. By deferring membership, she would be eligible for Rookie of the Year honors next year.

Also, Thompson turns 17 at the start of next season (Feb. 10). If the LPGA commissioner is wary of setting precedent awarding tour membership to a 16-year-old, there's motivation in deferring membership until Thompson turns 17.

Here’s the petition situation in a nutshell:

• When an LPGA non-member wins a tour event, she has the option of claiming tour membership. She can claim it immediately, becoming a member through the rest of the current year and through the next year. Or she can defer membership, claiming it at the start of the following season.

• Because the LPGA has the 18-year-old age requirement, Thompson can’t claim tour membership for the Navistar victory. She must file a petition for a waiver of the age rule. If the waiver is granted, she can then claim the membership that goes with the victory.

• The LPGA earlier this year granted Thompson special permission to attend Q-School with the understanding that she would be granted a waiver of the age restriction should she earn member status through the three-stage process. Thompson swept through Q-School's first stage easily.

Now that Thompson has won an LPGA event, her camp doesn’t want her to have to continue through Q-School.

“Hopefully, this win will change things, but it’s not my decision and I’m not really worrying about it right now,” Thompson told GolfChannel.com after her victory Sunday.

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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

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

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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