Tour champion labels Lexi Thompson PGA debut a gimmick

PGA Tour winner Peter Malnati called Lexi Thompson's upcoming debut in a PGA Tour event a "gimmick."

Malnati's comments were met with widespread criticism, with many people calling them sexist and disrespectful.

Malnati later apologized for his comments, saying that he had not meant to be offensive.

Thompson is set to become the seventh woman to compete in a PGA Tour event.

She is one of the most successful golfers in the world, with 11 LPGA Tour wins and a major championship to her name.

Thompson's debut in the PGA Tour is a historic moment, and it is disappointing that Malnati would try to downplay her accomplishment.

Malnati's comments are a reminder that there is still a lot of work to be done to promote gender equality in golf.

Thompson's participation in the PGA Tour is a step in the right direction, and it will be exciting to see how she performs against the best male golfers in the world.