Lexi's last hurrah: Playing final U.S. event before LPGA Q-School


PRATTVILLE, Ala. – Lexi Thompson’s back in action on a sponsor’s exemption at the Navistar LPGA Classic this week.

It’s the final full-field domestic event of the season and will mark the 16-year-old’s final LPGA start this year. While Thompson may play the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters in December on the Ladies European Tour, she isn’t scheduled to play any other tour events beyond Q-School and some local mini-tour events around her Coral Springs, Fla., home.

“She is still in school,” said Scott Thompson, her father/caddie.

Thompson’s played well at Navistar in the past, opening with a 7-under-par 65 two years ago on her way to a tie for 27th. She tied for 16th here last year.

After her impressive showings in 2010, it's been a mixed bag for Thompson in LPGA events this year, In seven LPGA starts, five on sponsor exemptions, she has made three cuts, with her best finish a tie for 19th at the Avnet LPGA Classic. She's earned $42,297 in LPGA events this year. She won $336,472 in five starts last year.

Thompson received special permission from the LPGA commissioner to play Qualifying School this year. She breezed through first stage of Q-School in July, easily winning medalist honors. She’ll play in the second stage Sept. 27-30 at Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Fla. The final stage is scheduled Nov. 30-Dec. 4 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. If she earns tour privileges, she can play full time next year on a waiver of the tour’s rule requiring members be at least 18 years old.