28 Apr '11, 5pm

Lexi accepts wild-card invitation to compete in June's #LPGA Championship. #TeamLexi

Lexi accepts wild-card invitation to compete in June's #LPGA Championship. #TeamLexi

MOBILE, Ala. – When Wegmans renegotiated its contract for this year’s LPGA Championship, an extra sponsor exemption was included in the package. Guess who’s going to Rochester this summer? Lexi Thompson. Michelle Wie received a sponsor exemption as an amateur in 2005. In subsequent years, that spot has been given to the reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion. (Danielle Kang won last year.) The current exemption applies to any professional, with no criterium attached. This puts the LPGA Championship in line with the three other women’s majors, which also have special exemptions available for professionals. Tournament director Linda Hampton said the request wasn’t made specifically for Thompson. Rochester prides itself on being a knowledgeable golf community, and Hampton wanted the chance to fill a hole if “we felt the field was ever missing somebody.” Jane Geddes, the LPGA’...

Full article: http://www.golfweek.com/news/2011/apr/28/rochester-bound-...

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