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
”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.”