Lexi Thompson, 16: Youngest LPGA Winner Ever

Beats old record by more than 2 years
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2011 4:34 AM CDT
Lexi Thompson, 16: Youngest LPGA Winner Ever
Lexi Thompson holds high her trophy after winning the Navistar LPGA Classic on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill in Prattville, Ala., yesterday.   (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Lloyd Gallman)

At just 16 years old, Lexi Thompson became the youngest person to ever win an LPGA event yesterday, with a 5-stroke victory at the Navistar LPGA Classic, reports USA Today. Thompson, who qualified for the US Women's Open at the tender age of 12 and turned pro at 15, is more than two years younger than the previous record holder. "It's been my dream my whole life just to play out here," said Thompson. "Getting a win right now, I can't describe the feelings, but it's the best feeling ever."

Thompson, who was caddied by her father, added: "I was nervous on the first tee, I won't lie. If you're not nervous, you don't care. Once I hit the first tee shot, I was like, 'All right, I'm good.'" Thompson is so young that her win will not grant her an automatic LPGA Tour membership. Because she's younger than 18, she needs to petition the Tour for an exemption. (More LPGA stories.)

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