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Former Alabama golfers Trey Mullinax, Michael Thompson, Bobby Wyatt earn PGA Tour cards

Success on Tour leads three former Alabama golfers to PGA Tour

One of the most difficult accomplishments in professional sports is earning a tour card for the PGA golf tour. The former Alabama standouts will join the PGA Tour for the 2016-17 season after achieving success on the Tour.

Former standouts Trey Mullinax, Michael Thompson, and Bobby Wyatt each finished among the tour’s top-25 money winners, giving each of them exempt status on next year’s PGA Tour.

The PGA Tour annually hands out 50 cards via the Tour -- 25 to the top players from the regular-season money list and 25 to the top earners from the Tour Finals, which consists of four $1 million tournaments.

With the cancellation of the Tour Championship earlier this week because of Hurricane Matthew, that latter group was awarded based on money earned in three events. 

Mullinax earned his tour card with an eighth-place finish in the 2015-16 Tour seasonal money list, which included a victory at the Rex Hospital Open along with two other top-10 finishes.

Thompson, who graduated from The Capstone in 2008, finished first on the Finals money list after claiming the Albertsons Boise Open to secure return for his seventh PGA Tour season. In 2013, Thompson recorded his only PGA Tour victory when he captured the Honda Classic.            

Wyatt finished 22nd on the Finals money list to earn his Tour card. Wyatt, who has recorded a total of nine PGA starts, turned a sponsor exemption into a fourth-place finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans last May in his most recent PGA Tour event.

The trio joins current Alabama men’s golf alums Jason Bohn, Bud Cauley, Justin Thomas, and Dicky Pride as PGA Tour members for the 2016-17 season.       

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