January 15 2011
If not for Spencer Levin, Roland Thatcher might not be in Hawaii right now. It was Levin who Thatcher was tied for second with late at the season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Classic, where Thatcher, who entering that week was 179th on the money list, needed at least a solo second to finish inside the top 125 on the money list. Levin, who was paired with Thatcher, bogeyed the final hole and Thatcher got his card for this season.
Fast forward to Saturday at Waialae and Thatcher is taking full advantage of the opportunity. Thatcher is 4 under in his second round and 7 under for the week and hovering near the top of the leaderboard.
He has plenty of company, however, with Shigeki Maruyama at 8 under after playing his first 13 holes in 3 under. Steve Marino is also at 7 under, while Chris DiMarco, after a second straight 67, is among a group at 6 under that includes Matt Kuchar.r