Roland Thatcher: The Happiest Guy Who Vomited Away a Tournament
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Roland Thatcher: He choked, but he kept his job

Roland Thatcher began the final round of the Children’s Miracle Network Classic with a four-shot advantage. He lost to Robert Garrigus by three shots. On Thatcher’s way to an even-par 72, he threw tantrums at bunkers and more tantrums. With seven holes to play, the pressure caught up to him and he bogeyed three of those. Thatcher even sank a clutch five-footer on 18 to save his tour card. He needed a win or solo-second to finish in the top 125 on the money list. So his thrown-away loss was still in many ways a victory.

Just ask Roland, who comes away with the quote of the week in his post-round comments to the Golf Channel.

I’m so excited I won’t have to play competitive golf until January. You’ll never see a happier guy who just vomited away a tournament than right now..I’m going to feel read bad about not winning some time later, but right now I’ve got nothing but elation, smiles and happiness for me not [having to go] through Q-school and being fully exempt [in 2011]. And hopefully I’ll be able to do a little better up until this point next year.

You see, that is how stressful it is to go through Q-school…again — as many pros do year after year.

Thatcher is perhaps more happy to retrieve the check he wrote to the tour for Q-school than his runner-up earnings. “I know I won a lot of money today which will be a big help to my family,” Thatcher said. “But it will be sweet to get that check back from the tour. I will have a special place for that.”

If he were to be featured in a MasterCard commercial, the breakdown would go something like this:

Runner-up at Children’s Miracle Network Classic: $507,600

Return check from Tour for Q-school: $4,500

Not having to go through grueling Q-school and keeping job: Priceless.

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