Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Guy Leading the U.S. Open Is From Tucson. For Reals.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

After seeing a few tweets about Tiger Woods today, I decided to flip over to Yahoo to see who was atop the leaderboard for the U.S. Open golf tournament in San Francisco.

Then I had a major flashback to my days covering prep sports in this town.

Former Rincon/University High School standout Michael Thompson shot a 4-under 66 during the first round Thursday at the Olympic Club, giving him (for now) a three-shot lead over the rest of the field. Including Tiger, who is at 1-under 69.

Thompson, whom I recall having many wonderful and intelligent conversations with — not a common situation when covering high school sports — graduated from Rincon about 10 years ago, and went on to be a stud at the University of Alabama as well.

Since turning pro in 2008 he's amassed a cool $1.5 million in earnings.

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