After Further Review: Lexi makes a big statement


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on Lexi Thompson's big win in South Korea, Bryson DeChambeau's unfortunate situation and the possibility of a new PGA Tour policy.

Lexi Thompson made quite the statement Sunday beating the best Koreans in the heart of South Korea in front of massive Korean galleries at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.

It wasn't a major championship, but it sure felt like it with a star-studded leaderboard and a major atmosphere. Thompson will move to No. 4 in the Rolex world rankings with this victory.

Can she get in the mix for No. 1 next year? With her consistent play over the last three months, she is looking to join Inbee Park, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis as one of the best players in the game. There is work to do, but she's doing the work. – Randall Mell

The Bryson DeChambeau situation had a sad but predictable ending. Banned from postseason play because of recruiting violations by his former head coach, the 22-year-old was left with little choice but to withdraw from SMU.

This shouldn't have any impact on his career long term: The reigning NCAA and U.S. Amateur champion will have six full months to prepare for the Masters, after which he is expected to turn pro. Still, this episode was yet another reminder that the NCAA needs a drastic overhaul, that its archaic form of punishment only hurts the group it is supposedly trying to protect, the student-athletes.

Kids getting penalized for the mistakes of adults? Only in college athletics. – Ryan Lavner

Final approval is still far from certain, and the details seem to still be a work in progress, but a PGA Tour proposal that would require players to add an event that they hadn’t played in the last five years is gaining momentum.

Although the Tour has been mulling different ways to increase participation among the game’s top players for years with little success, the new proposal, which will be considered by the policy board in November, has gained momentum in recent months thanks to Tiger Woods’ start at the Wyndham Championship in August and Rory McIlroy’s decision to play this week’s Open.

Making the independent contractors do anything has always been difficult, but it’s getting harder not to try. – Rex Hoggard