16-year-old Lexi Thompson humbles entire male population, wins mini-tour event

Jonathan Wall

Want to feel a little more insecure about your golf game? Try this on for size: a 16-year-old girl beat a bunch of guys in a South Florida mini-tour event Tuesday.

Lexi Thompson fired a 4-under 68 to get into a playoff with Brett Bergeron before winning on the second playoff hole at TPC Eagle Trace, which happens to be her home course.

Thompson isn't a household name like Paula Creamer or Michelle Wie, but she clearly has the game to go far. Aside from becoming the youngest golfer to ever qualify for the U.S. Women's Open at age 12, she also made headlines earlier this year when the LPGA decided to deny her the chance to use 12 sponsors exemptions in 2011.

While we won't get to see as much of her as we'd like, she's clearly making good use of her time in the interim by beating the guys at their own game.

As Golf Digest's Ashley Mayo noted, Thompson became the second woman in Minor League Golf Tour history -- former Futurer Tour player Carrie Dykstra won in 2004 -- to win an event.

So what did Thompson get for winning? A lousy $1,100, which is chump change to what she'll make when she's competing full-time on the LPGA when she turns 18. The best gift of all was probably the looks on all of her competitors' faces when she hoisted the trophy at the end of the tournament. That moment was priceless.