LPGA star Lexi Thompson will play in the PGA Tour’s Shriners Children’s Open next week in Las Vegas, making her the seventh woman to compete against the men on tour.
Thompson, 28, is one of the biggest names in women’s golf, making history as the youngest to play in a U.S. Open at age 12 and by winning an LPGA tournament at 16. She has 11 LPGA wins and one major victory, the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, which she won at 19.
Lexi will be teeing it up on the @PGATOUR! 👏
11x LPGA Tour winner Lexi Thompson has received an unrestricted sponsor exemption into the Shriners Children’s Open next week! pic.twitter.com/2QJ8Azar4E
— LPGA (@LPGA) October 4, 2023
“I’m hopeful that my ability to play with the men next week at the Shriners Children’s Open sends a great message to the young women that you can chase your dream regardless of how hard it is,” Thompson said in a statement. “I’m grateful to Shriners Children’s for this opportunity to spend the week alongside these inspirational kids.”
The last woman to play in a PGA Tour Event was Brittany Lincicome at the 2018 Barbasol Championship, while Michelle Wie West played in eight PGA Tour events starting at age 14. Others include Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Shirley Spork. But the only woman to make the 36-hole cut at a PGA Tour event so far was legendary athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
Thompson ranks No. 25 in the Rolex Rankings. She just finished top 10 in the NW Arkansas Championship and went 3-1 in the Solheim Cup.
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