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Rookie Report
Gary Van Sickle
May 21, 2012
Eight of the 16 pros making their first start in the Players made the cut. Here, listed in order of finish, are their background checks and experiences at Sawgrass.
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May 21, 2012

Rookie Report

Eight of the 16 pros making their first start in the Players made the cut. Here, listed in order of finish, are their background checks and experiences at Sawgrass.

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AT PLAYERS: Opened with triple bogey on second hole, then birdied three of next five. Made three straight birdies on front and back sides during Friday 66.

FINISH: -4, 23rd

MICHAEL THOMPSON

CLAIM TO FAME: The Thompson who is not Lexi's brother. Runner-up at 2007 U.S. Amateur.

WORLD RANK: 99th

WHO DAT? Won three events at Tulane. SEC player of the year in 2008 after transferring to Alabama. Great on greens—ranks eighth in strokes gained putting.

AT PLAYERS: Rode hot stretch in opening round—birdied 8th and 9th, eagled 11th, birdied 12th. Six bogeys in disappointing third round.

FINISH: +2, 51st

SUNG-HOON KANG

CLAIM TO FAME: Missed short putt in playoff or would have won first Nationwide start in 2011.

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