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US Open: Thompson on track for low am
14 Jun 2008
see also: U.S. Open Golf Championship, Erin Hills Golf Course

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SAN DIEGO, California (June 14, 2008) -- Michael Thompson will turn pro the day after the US Open, and he is hoping to make the wait worthwhile by capturing low amateur honors at Torrey Pines. At this point, a top fifteen finish and return invitation seem unlikely, but in golf you never know.

After three rounds, Thompson is T34th, four strokes in front of Derek Fathauer of Florida and another shot in front of California's Rickie Fowler

But the low round of the tournament for amateurs goes to Oklahoma State Freshman Rickie Fowler, whose 1-under 70 on Thursday put him into a tie for seventh and got him interviewed by NBC.

Thompson, 23, gained his spot in the Open by finishing runner-up to Colt Knost of Texas at the 2007 US Amateur at the Olympic Club. He started his college golf career at Tulane, but transferred to Alabama after the Tulane Golf team was absolved following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Derek Fathauer of Florida slid to a 78 on Saturday after posting two very solid rounds of 73; Fowler posted 76.

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54-hole amateur scores (plus scores from players who did not make the cut) from the US Open at Torrey Pines are listed below:

Pos Name +/- Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot
T34 Michael Thompson 10 74 73 73 220
T66 Derek Fathauer 14 73 73 78 224
T70 Rickie Fowler 15 70 79 76 225
did not survive 36-hole cut
T81 Kyle Stanley 8 72 78   150
T104 Nick Taylor 10 77 75   152
T107 Kevin Tway 11 75 78   153
T131 Jordan Cox 15 80 77   157
T134 Jeff Wilson 17 78 81   159
T147 Jimmy Henderson 21 81 82   163
150 Gary Wolstenholme 23 83 82   165
T151 Michael Quagliano 25 86 81   167


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