Lexi Thompson

Lexi Thompson: LPGA star to play men’s PGA Tour event after sponsor invite

Lexi ThompsonLexi Thompson won her first major at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship

The LPGA’s Lexi Thompson will play a men’s PGA Tour event after receiving a sponsor’s invitation.

Thompson, 28, will make her debut playing alongside men at next week’s Shriners Children’s Open in Las Vegas.

The American, an 11-time winner on the LPGA Tour, will become the seventh woman to play in a PGA event.

“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,” Thompson said.

“You can chase your dream regardless of how hard it is.”

The current world number 25, Thompson won her first and only major at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship and finished tied eighth at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship last week.

Brittany Lincicome was the last woman to play in a PGA Tour event at the 2018 Barbasol Championship.

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