Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson watches his tee shot on the 15 tee during the first round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Step by step, the Rincon/University grad built this résumé: (1) He helped Rincon win the state championship and was the Arizona boys golfer of the year. (2). He became a first-team All-American at Alabama. (3) He finished second in the U.S. Amateur in 2007. (4) He was the top amateur finisher at the 2008 U.S. Open, during which he rose to the No. 1 ranking in world amateur golf standings. (5) He was second at the 2012 U.S. Open. (6) He won the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic in 2013. (7) He has earned $7.1 million in six years on tour. Case closed. 

Sports columnist for the Arizona Daily Star.