Thompson Takes Lead, Wie Falters Again

Nicholas Thompson, a golf unknown, unbelievably leads at the 84 Lumber Classic in Farmington, PA after the first day of play. The 23 year old, Florida native, is 8 under after day one. He is currently ranked 181st on the PGA money list. That, of course, would change dramatically should he pull off a Cinderella win. First place at the 84 Lumber Classic pays a whopping $828,000.
Thompson, who has been a pro for less than a year, attempted to make the field 26 times this year. 17 of those times, he failed. His best finish was a sixth place tie at the July B.C. Open.
6 players are tied for second place at 6 under par: Will MacKenzie, Greg Kraft, Robert Gamez, Ted Purdy, Rory Sabbatini and Ben Curtis.
Crowd favorite, Michelle Wie, respectfully beat some male contenders after the first day of play; John Daly among them. The six foot, one inch phenom ended the day five over par. It is unlikely she will make the cut. The Nemacolin Woodlands course is the third longest course on the PGA. Heavy rains made the course play mch easier and most players had scores in the 60's. Wie, was, however, the most popular player today and had the largest crowds following her.

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