November 13 2010
It’s looking right now like Roland Thatcher will have a very good chance at being “Cinderella",” as he called it earlier this week. At 179th on the money list at the start of the week, Thatcher needed at least a solo second to secure his PGA TOUR card for 2011. Through nine holes today, Thatcher is 2 under on the round and now five shots clear of his closest competitors, Charles Warren and Brett Wetterich.
Warren, by the way, could be writing his own fairy tale of sorts this week. He only got into the field after Jonathan Byrd withdrew. At 157th on the money list coming into Disney, Warren is now projected to move up to 146th. That would at least give him conditional status on TOUR next year. Obviously if he wins, he’ll be exempt for two years.
One other note on Warren. He’s ninth on TOUR in driving distance and eighth in greens in regulation. So what’s the problem? He’s 157th in putting average. -- Brian Wacker