All that stands between Roland Thatcher and a PGA TOUR card for next season are two more rounds like he had the last two days at Disney. Thatcher owns a four-shot lead heading to the weekend after a season-best 63 Friday on the Magnolia Course.
Thatcher came into the event needing a solo second or better to get inside the top 125 on the money list. Obviously, a win would secure his spot on TOUR for the next two years, among other things.
“I’m going to try to get away from the golf course and don’t even worry about it,” Thatcher said. “It’s still two rounds of golf.
“I’ve been fortunate that when I’ve had good weeks in the past, I’ve continued to play well during the week. That should give me a lot of confidence heading into the weekend.”
The other big story is the Kodak Challenge. After Rickie Fowler birdied the par-4 17th hole Friday, there’s now a three-way tie atop the leaderboard in that season-long competition with Troy Merritt and Aaron Baddeley sharing the top spot.
If Merritt can birdie No. 17 sometime in the next two rounds, he’ll likely win (barring an eagle from Fowler or Baddeley). If not, there will be a playoff Sunday after the tournament.
On a side note, there’s been a change to Saturday’s schedule with players now going off in threesomes off both sets of tees. Tee times will be between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. ET.