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It's been a banner year for local players on the Tour with six players currently in the top 50 on the money list. Former University of Alabama golfer Jus- tin Thomas leads the way in fourth place with close to $250,000 won in 13 events. In his latest strong performance he finished solo third in Boi- se, Idaho last week and is a lock to finish in the top 25 at the end of the season and thus earn his PGA Tour card for the first time. Also safe is former Auburn star and former Walker Cup player Blayne Barber who has won over $219,000 from eight events, including a win, to place eighth on the current money list. Former UAB golfer and Mobile resident Zack Sucher is enjoying his strongest year on the Tour, playing especially well of late, and has won almost $140,000 in 16 events. He is 20th on the list and thus, with a strong year-end, can crack the top 25. Birmingham resident Jeff Curl, former Hunt- ingdon College golfer Kris Blanks and former Auburn golfer Roland Thatcher are all also inside the top 50. Blanks, who has been dealing with injuries in Thompson teesoff "Alabama's Golf Insider" teesoff Thompson teesoff 7.24.14 All the latest news from the local golf scene... ...Next WEEK! recent years and has played both the PGA Tour and Tours, won on the Web. com Tour ear- lier this year and has earnings of almost $107,000 in just five starts. He is currently in 26th place and is close to a full return to the PGA Tour with a strong finish to the season. Curl is 43rd from 12 starts with a little over $77,000 banked, while Thatcher has earnings of $67,808 and is 48th. Since leaving the University of Alabama early after his sophomore year, Thomas hasn't missed a beat in the pro ranks. Towards the end of last year, he earned his Tour card for 2014 via the annual qualifying tournament. After three rounds of the six-round marathon he was well back in 122nd place after a rough third round, but he came through when it really mattered with a closing round 65 to finish Click our Icon to Subscribe! Local players doing very well on Tour Justin Thomas

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