Time for U.S. Women's Open star, 14-year-old Alexis Thompson to compete on the PGA Tour
Now that 14-year-old Alexis Thompson has not only made the cut in a U.S. Women’s Open, but finds herself in the Top 10, and Michelle Wie is noticeably absent this week, it’s time to start the media discussion about when Thompson starts competing on the PGA Tour.
From Reuters today:
“The 5-foot-9 Floridian with a fluid, power swing, was having no trouble dealing with the 6,740-yard layout.”
Clearly, even the most difficult golf courses on the women’s circuit are no match for Thompson, who at last check was voted the 23rd greatest golfer in women’s history.
I’m not at the event this week, but hopefully the reporters are grilling her and her family about when she’s going to turn pro and start planting seeds about Ryder Cups and Masters appearances in the future. Because you must strike while the iron’s hot. Golf is not the kind of sport you can excel at for say, 40-plus years. There must be some opportunistic swing coaches out there hoping to make a name for themselves as the guy who took the first ever woman to a relevant PGA Tour competitor.
But it has to start NOW.
Thompson going pro right now, preferrably before the U.S. Women’s Open even ends, would simply be good for everyone involved. It would be good for me, because that means I could get a leg up on making a some extra cash off her biography, while being a pundit dissecting her every move on radio and TV sports shows coast-to-coast.
Nike surely has a little more money out there in their phenom piggy bank and with IMG rumored to be a possible candidate to take over the floundering women’s tour, they could market her into the next great women’s icon in sports.
And we know Sony has a newfound lot of sponsorship money in the tank.
So everyone, get on Twitter, your message boards and contact your local sports reporter so we can make this happen. In fact, by waiting until she’s 18, there might not even be an LPGA for her to practice on between sponsor’s exemptions on the men’s tour.
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Sad part about it all, BTuck, is that the media needs a new hobby horse to ride, elevate and tear down.
I mean after all, with Sarah Palin quitting, the leftwing american idiots have nothing left to bitch about now!
Maybe Thompson can be the next item up for grabs!