Lydia Ko, a 16-year-old amateur from New Zealand, has petitioned the LPGA to waive its age limit and allow her to join the tour.
Ko is already a two-time winner on the tour and is ranked No. 5 in the world. She has been ranked as high as No. 4 after defending her title at the Canadian Women's Open this year.
"If she plays any pro events now, she will play as a pro," Tina Hyon, Ko's mother, wrote GolfChannel.com in an email.
Ko is expected to play in the season-ending Titleholders tournament in Naples, Fla., and is considering a potential spot in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico the week befoe.
Ko's petition will be reviewed by LPGA commissioner Michael Whan.
"The LPGA has received Lydia Ko's petition and the Commissioner plans to review it upon his return from Asia," the LPGA said in a statement. "The decision on the petition will be solely up to the Commissioner's discretion and upon his review, he will communicate directly with Lydia and her family. The LPGA does not comment publicly on petitions as they are a private matter between the player and the Commissioner."
Lexi Thompson won an LPGA Tour event at 16 and played in her first tournament as a professional one day before turning 17 last year.