Tracy Austin

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That 12-day lag time notwithstanding, Mike Whan acknowledges it wasn't a tough call to welcome Lexi Thompson as the LPGA's youngest member in 44 years.

The commissioner's pivotal decision actually had come in June, when Thompson was given the green light to enter the LPGA's qualifying process at age 16.

That's when Whan determined the Florida teen would be treated as any 18-and-older hopeful. When Thompson won her way into the tour's record book by capturing the Navistar LPGA Classic, it simply eliminated the intermediate steps.

If anything, Thompson's triumph validated the June decision. But future teen applicants shouldn't see the door as open any...