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October 1 2011

9:57 PM

Thatcher makes bid to get off the bubble

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At No. 126 on the money list, Roland Thatcher is growing accustomed to these pressure situations.
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM Roland Thatcher showed flashes on Friday. He eagled two of the three par 5s at TPC Summerlin, but also gave ground with two bogeys and a double during a second-round 68. The 34-year-old had no such trouble on Saturday as he took advantage of an early tee time -- second group off -- with eight birdies en route to an 8 under 63 that propelled him well up the leaderboard at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. At 14 under, Thatcher is currently three shots behind leader Nick Watney. “I just managed not to make the mistakes that I made the first couple rounds,” Thatcher said. “I certainly made plenty of birdies and a couple of eagles the first couple rounds, but kept making a lot of the other holes and other mistakes that took the momentum out of the round. Today I was able to minimize those and I had a clean scorecard, which is good.” At No. 126 on the money list, the pressure is on Thatcher to perform in the Fall Series to earn his TOUR card for the 2012 season. As someone who has survived a similar predicament each of the last two years, Thatcher knows how much a strong finish at TPC Summerlin would relieve the pressure moving forward. “I was 121st in '09 and 122nd last year, so yeah, being 126th heading into the final stretch is maybe not quite as nerve wracking as it is for other guys because I've been there quite a bit over the last few years, he said. “That doesn't mean that I feel like overly confident or anything like that. I need to go out and play well tomorrow and take care of best as fast as I can.” Thatcher currently projects to No. 109 on the money list.
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