The 18-year-old Thomson, after a standout freshman campaign with the NCAA’s University of Michigan Wolverines, has a shot Monday at earning an invite to the next major championship on the PGA Tour calendar.
The top finishers from a slate of 36-hole qualifiers — Thomson’s assignment is the Ocean Course at San Francisco’s famed Olympic Club — will join Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas and the rest of the stars at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., later this month.
“I just love competing at a high level so whether I make it or not, this stage of qualifying is about as high level as you can compete at,” Thomson said. “There are several PGA Tour players in the event, so it will be a good test.
“It’s going to be a great experience just playing against these guys. Obviously, I want to qualify. I want to go out there and try to kick some butt. But I’m very focused on my process. I think focusing on the outcome is not right for me, just because it depends what everyone else does.”