amateurgolf.com US Open video coverage
15 Jun 2008
see also: U.S. Open Golf Championship, Erin Hills Golf Course


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SAN DIEGO, California (June 15, 2008) -- Michael Thompson will turn pro on Monday, and he ended his amateur career on a high point by finishing as low amateur in the US Open at Torrey Pines. Thompson's 8-over total of 292 put him in a tie with players that include 2007 Fedex Points race runner-up Steve Stricker, and a stroke in front of 36-hole leader Stuart Appleby, who struggled on the weekend.

The tournament will conclude with a Monday playoff between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate, who both finished at 1-under-par.

Rickie Fowler of California finished 5 strokes behind Thompson at 13-over 297, while Derek Fathauer of Florida, who had the lowest amateur score heading into the weekend, finished at 15-over 299.

The low amateur round of the tournament was posted by 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.

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Final 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 Rd4 Tot
T29 Michael Thompson 8 74 73 73 72 292
T60 Rickie Fowler 13 70 79 76 72 297
T69 Derek Fathauer 15 73 73 78 75 299
missed 36-hole cut
T81 Kyle Stanley 8 72 78
T104 Nick Taylor 10 77 75
T107 Kevin Tway 11 75 78
T131 Jordan Cox 15 80 77
T134 Jeff Wilson 17 78 81
T147 Jimmy Henderson 21 81 82
150 Gary Wolstenholme 23 83 82
T151 Michael Quagliano 25 86 81


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