Tucsonan Michael Thompson missed out on the FedEx Cup Playoffs this year, but hosts his Oro Valley tournament for junior golfers in Arizona this week.

One of the effects of the PGA Tour’s long FedEx Playoff system — five weeks to play four events — is that it idles those pro golfers who didn’t qualify for the playoffs. That means Tucson’s Michael Thompson was unable to play and improve his status for 2019. Thompson, from Rincon/University High School, is 151st on the money list with $563,000. Former Arizona All-American and U.S. Amateur champion Ricky Barnes is similarly idle; he is No. 177 on the money list at $340,000. Thompson’s annual invitational for Arizona junior golfers at the Oro Valley Country Club will be held Friday and Saturday. Among the entrants is Catalina Foothills High School junior Maya Benita, who is emerging as one of the top recruits in the country. Benita won the Chandler Junior Amateur last week, shooting 67-68 to win by 18 strokes. She has five consecutive top-10 finishes in the Junior Golf of Arizona Association this summer.