Wie: Thompson ‘has the game’ to compete as pro

LPGA newcomer Lexi Thompson has what it takes to compete on the

pro circuit, former teenage golf prodigy Michelle Wie said


The 16-year-old Thompson will become the youngest player on the

tour next year and Wie, who turned professional shortly before her

16th birthday in 2005 amid enormous media hype and a flood of

endorsements, has backed her to be a success.

Wie, now 22, acknowledged the difficulties in making the

transition from the relatively laid back amateur game, but insisted

that Thompson could deal with them effectively.

”I think she’ll be fine,” Wie told The Associated Press. ”It

brings on a lot of pressure but I think you have to put everything

into perspective and to keep working and try not to listen to what

people say.”

”You’re going to have your ups and downs, you’re going to let

some people down. But it’s your life, you’ve got to enjoy it,

you’ve got to enjoy working at it.”

Wie said she had been impressed by Thompson’s performance at the

LPGA Navistar Classic in Alabama, where the 6-foot teen won by five

shots against a field that included 45 of the top 50 players on the

LPGA money list.

”I think she definitely has the game,” Wie said. ”I think she

definitely deserves to be out there.”