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Thompson accepts PGA invite

ROGERS, ARKANSAS - OCTOBER 01: Lexi Thompson of the United States lines up her putt on the 14th hole during the Final round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G at Pinnacle Country Club on October 01, 2023 in Rogers, Arkansas. Alex Slitz/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Alex Slitz / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Lexi Thompson will become the seventh woman to play in a US PGA Tour event when she tees it up at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas next week, the tournament organizers said Wednesday.

Thompson, an 11-time winner on the LPGA tour, has accepted a sponsor’s invitation to play in the Shriners Children’s Open.

“I’m hopeful that my ability to play with the men next week at the Shriners Children’s Open sends a great message to the young women that you can chase your dream regardless of how hard it is,” Thompson said in a statement.

“I’m grateful to Shriners Children’s for this opportunity to spend the week alongside these inspirational kids.”

Thompson, 28, has previously played with the men six times in the unofficial PGA Tour event, the QBE Shootout.

She will be seventh woman ever to compete in a PGA TOUR event, a short list that began when Babe Didrikson Zaharias received a sponsor exemption at the Cascades Open in 1935.

Since then, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley, Michelle Wie and Brittany Lincicome have tested themselves in PGA Tour events, Lincicome the most recent to do so at the 2018 Barbasol Championship.

Thompson’s victories include a major title at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, but she hasn’t lifted a trophy since the 2019 ShopRite LPGA Classic.

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