Sunday, July 3, 2011

Thompson Finishes "Week Off" in a Tie for 38th

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson was supposed to be vacationing this week.  The life of a PGA Tour rookie, however, rarely proceeds as planned.  After receiving a sponsor's exemption into this week's AT&T National, the week off became a work week and an unexpected trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Michael took advantage of his opportunity and finished the tournament in a tie for 38th.  For the second straight round, Michael shot a 1 over par 71 including a birdie on his final hole on the difficult Aronimink Golf Club course.

The finish moved Michael up the Fedex Cup points list into 127th and solidified his position at 119 on the money list.  There are major benefits to finishing inside the top 125 on both of those lists.  The top 125 players on the Fedex Cup points list get invited to the end of the year playoff series which starts with The Barclays at the end of August.  The top 125 players on the money list at the end of the year get a PGA Tour card for the following year.

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