Nineteen years after turning pro, Chris Thompson finally has made it to the big leagues.
Thompson, 42, was one of 25 Web.com Tour golfers presented with PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season
A native of Independence, Thompson finished 20th on the final money list. A longtime member at Lawrence Country Club, Thompson resides in Lawrence with his wife, Jessica, and their son Henry, 10, and daughter Landry, 7.
Thompson first qualified for the Web.com Tour (then called Nationwide Tour) in 2007, but didn’t do well enough to retain his card. He finished on the wrong side of multiple close calls in an attempt to get back on tour, and then did well enough at this past Q school to gain exempt status for the first eight tournaments of the Web.com season. He earned enough money in those to set himself up for the full Web.com schedule.
During the gap between his two seasons on the Web.com tour, Thompson had to try to make his way into tournaments via Monday qualifiers, which was his path to his first PGA Tour event, the Byron Nelson in 2014.
Thompson’s late charge to a PGA Tour card included three consecutive finishes in the top four heading into the final tournament of the regular season.
“Confidence breeds confidence,” Thompson said of the best stretch of his career.