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Wie: Thompson ‘has the game’ to compete as pro

    American golfer Michelle Wie swings a club as she poses during a charity golf event to raise funds for UNICEF at the Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club in Hong Kong Monday, Oct. 17, 2011. The charity event was aimed to raise a donation for the extension of UNICEF's Child-Friendly Schools program in over 20 countries in East Asia and Pacific Region. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

HONG KONG >> Former teenage golf prodigy Michelle Wie says LPGA newcomer Lexi Thompson has what it takes to compete on the pro circuit.

The 16-year-old Thompson 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.

Wie told The Associated Press on 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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