Lexi Thompson has made her move, now it's the LPGA's turn.
Bobby Kreusler, Thompson's agent, filed a petition at 1:30 p.m. ET on Thursday seeking a waiver of the tour's rule that requires members to be at least 18 years old.
LPGA commissioner Mike Whan is reviewing the petition and has told Kreusler that he will make a decision by Friday afternoon.
Kreusler is seeking to defer membership until the 2012 season, which begins after Thompson turns 17. By deferring membership until next season, Thompson alleviates concerns Whan has about creating a precedent in granting membership to a 16-year-old. Whan has said repeatedly that he is reluctant to create a new path for juniors to turn pro before they're ready. If granted access, Thompson would be a member competing next season off Category 7 of the LPGA Priority List.
Deferring membership also makes sense for the Thompson camp. If Thompson sought to claim immediate membership, she wouldn’t be eligible for LPGA Rookie of the Year honors next season. Also, she wouldn’t be eligible to enter any field the rest of this season, other than the season-ending CME Group Titleholders, where she earned a spot as a non-member anyway.
Earlier this month Thompson became the youngest winner of an LPGA event, claiming the Navistar title at 16 years, 7 months and 8 days old.