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Thompson will join LPGA early

DAYTONA BEACH - Teenage sensation Lexi Thompson will be going to work full-time on the LPGA Tour next year. The 16-year-old Thompson asked the LPGA to waive its requirement that members be at least 18 to join. LPGA commissioner Mike Whan approved the petition on Friday, one day after Thompson filed it. Thompson won the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama this month, becoming the youngest winner in LPGA history. Whan describes Thompson as a unique talent who already has shown maturity handling success and failure.
Thompson is eligible for the season-ending Titleholders in November. Her LPGA membership starts with the 2012 season. PGA: Kevin Na and Charlie Wi joined first-round leader Jhonattan Vegas at 12-under 130 on Friday to share the lead after 36 holes of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. Vegas followed his bogey-free first round with a 4-under 67 that included an eagle and four birdies. He eagled the 286-yard, par-4 15th. Na reversed Vegas' totals by following his opening 67 with a bogey-free 63 that featured eight birdies, seven of them in his final 10 holes. Wi, who was a stroke back after the first round, had six birdies in a 66. CHAMPIONS: Corey Pavin shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead in the opening round of the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C. Nick Price, Gary Hallberg, Kenny Perry and defending champion Russ Cochran were second. Tom Lehman, who leads the race for the Charles Schwab Cup and its $1 million payday, was among a group tied at 3-under. PGA EUROPEAN: Tommy Fleetwood (63) and Michael Hoey (66) left a trail of big names behind them, sharing the second-round lead at the Dunhill Links Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland. They both have 12-under totals of 132. Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen is one shot back after a 67, while 2010 U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell is tied at 10 under with three others.
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