Cauley Makes Splash As PGA Tour Rookie

Former University of Alabama golfer Bud Cauley continued his impressive play on the PGA Tour with a third-place finish on Sunday in the Open at the CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California.

The third-place showing was his best on tour and his second top 10 in seven events this season. Cauley finished two shots back of the leaders at 15-under-par 269 after rounds of 69, 66, 68 and 66. He earned a $340,000 paycheck, his largest to date on the PGA Tour.

Cauley turned professional in June, following his play for Alabama in the NCAA Championships. Then he qualified for the U.S. Open where he made the cut and finished tied for 63rd. He has played in seven PGA Tour events this season – making the cut in all seven – and earning $671,150.

The top 125 on the PGA money list at the end of the season automatically earn their tour cards for the 2012 season. Cauley is currently 120th on the tour money list and with his third-place finish at the Open earned a spot in this weekend's McGladrey Classic at the Seaside Course in Sea Island, Georgia. The Seaside Course is the same course that holds the SEC Championship Tournament each April.

He is looking to become just the seventh college player since 1980 to earn his tour card without going through the PGA's Qualifying School -- better known as Q-school. UNLV's Ryan Moore was the last player to accomplish the feat in 2005.

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