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LPGA says 'yes' to Lexi Thompson

Updated: October 5, 2011, 3:46 PM ET
By Roy S. Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

Mike Whan is no dummy. Though not for the reason you may think.

Last week, the LPGA commissioner granted the petition of 16-year-old phenom Lexi Thompson to join the LPGA Tour two years short of its required age minimum. The standard was long ago instituted to protect young girls from the rigors of professionalism, and the sport from having to babysit.

Waiving that rule was the right move, despite my belief in minimum age restrictions in pro sports.

Though not ...

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