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LPGA's Lexi Thompson is a typical teen ... at least in one way

September 19, 2011 | 10:40 am

Lexi Thompson
Lexi Thompson did something Sunday that no other 16-year-old has ever done -- won an LPGA event.

Since becoming the youngest player ever to win on the women's tour, however, Thompson has been spending much of her time the same way as many teenagers do -- chatting away on social media. 

Thompson appears to be responding individually to each and every one of the congratulatory messages from her Twitter followers regarding her win at the Navistar LPGA Classic at Prattville, Ala. And from a quick glance it looks like a good portion of her 7,053 followers have checked in. (Wisely, she is keeping most of her responses to a mere "thanks" or "thank you" with a varying number of exclamation points.)

The Florida resident -- who is 16 years, seven months and eight days old -- shattered the age record for winning a multiple-round tournament held by Paula Creamer, who won in 2005 at age 18. Thompson became the youngest player to qualify for the women's U.S. Open in 2007 at the age of 12.

Thompson has some grown-up plans for a portion of her winnings. She has pledged to give $20,000 of her $195,000 paycheck to the Wounded Warrior Project -- the tournament's official charity, which helps wounded members of the Armed Forces.

"Well, I think they deserve it," Thompson said. "They give up their lives for us, you know, saving our country. ... Donating to them, you just have to. I mean, look what they do for us. It's just amazing that they do that. I definitely want to give back."

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-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Lexi Thompson. Credit: Darren Carroll / Associated Press

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