Sept. 26, 2007
With five tournaments remaining on the Nationwide Tour, former South Carolina standout Kyle Thompson appears poised to earn his first spot on the PGA Tour. The top 25 on this year’s money list capture spots on the 2008 PGA Tour. With two wins under his belt, Thompson is 10th on the Nationwide money list at $229,668. The next stop is the Mark Christopher Charity Classic Oct. 4-7 in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Thompson’s latest triumph came in dramatic fashion with a 60-foot eagle putt in the final hole of regulation to force a three-man playoff at the Oregon Classic. The 28-year-old former Gamecock picked up a birdie on the second playoff hole to collect his second win of the season. The victory moved him from No. 27 to No. 7 on the money list.
In the nine events Thompson has made the cut this season, he has finished in the top 25 six times, including four top 10 finishes. His first career win came at this year’s The Rex Hospital Open, two weeks after coming in fifth at the Melwood Prince George’s County Open.
Thompson has been inching ever closer to his card in recent years. Twice he has finished in the top 25, but that was before the qualifying list was expanded from 20 to this year’s 25.
For the third of the five remaining events this season, the Nationwide Tour stops in South Carolina for the Palmetto Pride Classic in Charleston Oct. 18-21.