Davis Thompson is only making his third start as a pro this week and is making the most of it. Thompson, who starts with a sponsorship exemption, was 7 under par on his first 12 holes and shared the early lead when the game was announced due to bad weather. Here are 5 things you need to know about the new professional.
1. TAKE ME TO YOUR GUIDE: If Thompson’s name sounds familiar, you may remember him as an amateur who took the lead at the US Open last year. He played his first 12 holes at Winged Foot in 4 under par to sit alone at the top of the rankings. He signed an impressive 69 on the first round but missed the cut by one after shooting 78 the next day.
2. ALL-AMERICAN: Thompson was first-team All-American at the University of Georgia in 2020 and 2021, and finished second in the first-team PGA TOUR University rankings behind John Pak last month. Thompson was also a member of this year’s victorious US Walker Cup team. Thompson is the quiet guy who lets his clubs do the talking.
“He’s not noticeable, not very talkative. I just love the work ethic, ”said Georgia head coach Chris Haack. I’ve had a lot of really good players and he works as hard or harder than anyone I’ve ever had. “
3. DEPOSIT CHECKS: Thompson made his professional debut at the Palmetto Championship in Congaree three weeks ago. He made the cut despite being 5 over on his first eight holes of the tournament. He finished his first round with four straight birdies to score 71, then shot 69 to make the cut. Weekend rounds of 71 and 70 left him in a tie for 35th place for $ 33,336.67. He also played in last week’s Travelers Championship, missing the cut after rounds 73 and 68.
Non-members can accept up to seven sponsor waivers per season. This is Thompson’s third.
4. PRO PEDIGREE: Thompson is used to playing alongside PGA TOUR pros. His Georgia colleagues Harris English and Brendon Todd are among the guys he plays with at home in Sea Island, Georgia. World Golf Hall of Famer Davis Love III is another. Thompson’s father, Todd, is the tournament director of The RSM Classic on Sea Island (and a former Georgia golf team captain himself). Davis played twice as an amateur in The RSM Classic, including a T23 finish in 2019. However, nepotism did not result in his place in the field. He deserves it.
5. JONESING FOR A VICTORY: Thompson earned his spots in the RSM with his success in the Jones Cup, a prestigious amateur event held in the nearby Ocean Forest. Previous winners include Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Corey Conners, and Kyle Stanley. The winner will receive an exemption from the RSM. Thompson lost a playoff to Akshay Bhatia in 2019 but received the invitation after Bhatia turned pro. The next year, Thompson lit the Jones Cup field. He set a tournament record, 13 out of 203, to win with nine strokes.