WHEN ALEXIS THOMPSON RECENTLY turned professional to play on the LPGA Tour at the age of 15, some questioned whether she was too young for the rigors of tour life and openly wondered about the potentially damaging attention she might receive. But Thompson is a grizzled veteran compared to a 3-year-old Arizona boy who may enter the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School this fall.
The boy’s agent told ARMCHAIR GOLF in an email that his young client got an even earlier start in golf than Tiger Woods and other golf prodigies. The boy began making arm movements in his mother’s womb that simulated a golf swing and has aspired to play on the PGA Tour since he was 1. That was when he watched Woods beat Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole playoff to win the U.S. Open.
“He’s that good,” the agent said, “and he has a great attitude. Nothing keeps him down for very long.”
One large roadblock that stands in the boy’s way is the PGA Tour’s age rule. A player can enter Q-School at any age but isn’t allowed to become a PGA Tour member until his 18th birthday.
“We’re looking at it and talking to Ponte Vedra,” the agent said. “That’s all I can say right now.”
Apparently, business opportunities are also available. Golf-related companies and mega brands are always on the lookout for the game’s newest star players.
“Several potential sponsors are interested in signing him. He’s a great kid. He really is.”
For now, the boy’s parents and agent are guarding the boy’s identity should they decide to enroll him in preschool and forgo the Q-School bid until he’s 4.
−The Armchair Golfer
(This is an ARMCHAIR GOLF spoof.)
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