Win No. 2 at 2013 Sime Darby LPGA MalaysiaOct. 13, 2013 - Lexi Thompson doesn't win cheap. When she wins, it's not by a whisker. Her third overall professional victory came at the 2013 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, and all three of those wins to this date were by four strokes or more.
At the Sime Darby - Thompson's second LPGA win - Lexi beat runner-up Shanshan Feng by four strokes, and was seven strokes better than anyone else.
Thompson dialed back her power this week, averaging 253 yards off the tee. But she hit more than two-thirds of her fairways and 83-percent of greens. Thompson's bugaboo this early in her career has often been putting, but when she has a decent week with the putter she's always a threat to win. And Thompson was solid on the greens in Malaysia.
This was Thompson's first LPGA win since, well, her first LPGA win at the 2011 Navistar.
Lexi Thompson Granted LPGA MembershipSept. 30, 2011 - LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan on this date approved a request by Lexi Thompson for a waiver of the tour's minimum-age requirement of 18 and allowed Thompson to take up tour membership at the start of the 2012 season, when Thompson would be 17.
"Lexi Thompson is a unique talent who continues to grow, develop and mature both on and off the golf course," said Whan in a statement released by the LPGA. "... Her ability to handle the success and disappointment inherent to this game testifies to a level of maturity that I believe makes her capable of handling the emotional rigors of professional golf at the highest level. Therefore, effective at the start of our 2012 season, Lexi will officially become a member of the LPGA Tour."
Whan had previously granted Thompson a waiver of the minimum age so that she could take part in this year's 2011 LPGA Q-School. Thompson won the first-stage qualifier, but then went on to win an actual LPGA tournament - the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic. She then withdrew from Q-School.
Normally, a non-member who wins an LPGA event is immediately offered tour membership. But because of her age, Thompson was required to petition for the minimum-age waiver before that membership could be offered and accepted.
Poll: How Many More Wins for Lexi?As noted above, Lexi Thompson earned her first win at the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic at age 16. How many times do you think Thompson will win over the course of her career? Look into the future and make your prediction:
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1) Fewer than 10
5) More than 40
LPGA Declines 15-Year-Old Thompson's Request for More TournamentsJan. 14, 2011 - A little more than a month earlier, the agent for 15-year-old Lexi Thompson petitioned the LPGA for more playing time for his client. As a non-member of the tour, Thompson was eligible only to accept six sponsor exemptions. She and her team wanted double that many - 12 sponsor exemptions - in 2011.
But on this date, the LPGA Tour said no. But the tour did open another avenue for Thompson (and others) to get into more events.
The LPGA Tour has a minimum-age requirement of 18 for membership. Thompson earned enough money in limited starts in 2010 that she would have finished 34th on the money list. She turned 16 in February, 2011.
Her agent asked that Thompson be granted double the number of exemptions available to any other non-member, in recognition of her talent and her accomplishments in 2010 when Thompson finished second at the Evian Masters and 10th in the U.S. Women's Open.
Multiple LPGA veterans expressed opposition to Thompson's request, citing their support of the minimum-age requirement and also noting the limited schedule (only 25 tournaments in 2011) for tour members.
The LPGA did announce one move on on this date that gives Thompson (and other non-members) the chance to get into more events. Previously, LPGA Monday qualifiers were open only to players with LPGA status, plus two amateurs. After the Thompson ruling by the LPGA, non-LPGA members also became eligible to enter Monday qualifiers.
Lexi Thompson Turns Pro at Age 15May 11, 2010 - Junior golf phenom Lexi Thompson, who played her way into the U.S. Women's Open at age 12, announced on this date her intention to pro within the following month.
Thompson, who was 15 years old at this time, still had one amateur tournament left to play: the 2010 Curtis Cup. Following completion of that amateur event, Thompson planned to turn pro and play in the ShopRite LPGA Classic. The tournament gave Thompson a sponsor exemption.
At the time she turned pro, Thompson was about eight months younger than Michelle Wie was when Wie went pro in 2005. Wie was a week shy of her 16th birthday at the time of her first tournament as a professional.
Thompson first qualified for the U.S. Women's Open in 2007 when she was 12 years old, and also qualified for the 2008 and 2009 tournaments. She first made the cut in the Open in 2009, at age 14. She finished 31st in the 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship and 24th at the 2010 KNC.