Thompson regains PGA Tour card with Boise Open win

Michael Thompson won the Tour Finals’ Albertson Boise Open on Sunday at Hillcrest Country Club to regain his PGA Tour card.

Thompson finished with his second straight 7-under 64, birdieing five of the first seven holes on the back nine, for a three-stroke victory over Argentina’s Miguel Angel Carballo.

Thompson finished at 23-under to earn US$180,000 in the second of four events that will determine 25 PGA Tour cards for the next season.

“It’s a huge confidence boost, to know that you can do it on such a big stage on a big level,” said Thompson, who secures the top spot on the Finals money list following his victory last Sunday.

“These four Tour Finals events mean a lot to all of us. We all want to get our card, especially the guys that lost it last year. I hope that this continues to breed confidence going forward. I feel good about my game.”

Thompson’s victory is his first since his lone PGA Tour victory at the 2013 Honda Classic. Thompson also finished T2 at the 2012 US Open at Olympic Club.

This is the second tournament in the Tour Finals, a series of four events that will conclude at the Tour Championship in Atlantic Beach, Florida, starting October 6-9.

Twenty-five PGA Tour cards were awarded three weeks ago following the WinCo Foods Portland Open. An additional 25 cards are up for grabs during the four Finals events, as well as positioning for all 50 cards.

Another player to earn his PGA Tour card was Andrew “Beef” Johnston with the Englishman shooting a final-round 68 at Hillcrest Country Club to finish outright fourth.

Johnston burst onto the world scene earlier this year when he won the Spanish Open on the European Tour. An eighth-place finish at the Open Championship also got his name in the news and during the PGA Championship at Baltusrol he drew some of the largest crowds on the back of his layback approach to the game.

In response to earning his playing rights in the US, Johnston’s reply was typical of his style. “A few sodas! Yeah, I think there will be a Coke or a Fanta or something like that. Nah, there are going to be a few beers, man.”

Aussie Rhein Gibson current sits 36th in the rankings with Brett Drewitt sitting at 58th needing to make their move in the remaining two final events to collect a their PGA Tour cards.