Wie: Thompson 'has the game' to compete as pro

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 17, 2011
Former teenage golf prodigy Michelle Wie says LPGA newcomer Lexi Thompson has what it takes to compete on the pro circuit. Thompson, 16, will become the youngest player on the tour next year and Wie, who turned professional shortly before her 16th birthday in 2005 amid enormous media hype and a flood of endorsements, has backed her to be a success. The 22-year-old Wie told The Associated Press Monday that Thompson ''definitely has the game'' for the pro circuit and was confident the teenager could deal with the pressures of making the transition from the amateur game. Even allowing for ''the ups and downs,'' Wie said that Thompson would ''be fine.''
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