PGA Tour golfer and 2013 Masters Tournament invitee Michael Thompson will speak at the Augusta Golf Breakfast, a Masters Week tradition put on by the Greater Augusta Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
More than 1,000 golf fans turn out for the free, annual breakfast, which begins at 7 a.m. April 9 at Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road.
Thompson, 27, tied for second with Graeme McDowell in the 2012 U.S. Open to qualify for this year’s Masters. His U.S. Open finish gave him a career-high world ranking of 52. He is currently ranked 105th in the official World Golf Ranking.
The Tucson, Ariz., native played at Tulane University before Hurricane Katrina shut down the school’s golf program. Thompson transferred to the University of Alabama, where he played under former Augusta State University golf coach Jay Seawell.
“He’s an up-and-comer. I think he’s going to be a stud,” said Greg Wilson, the area director of the Greater Augusta FCA. “He’s a star in the making.”
As an amateur, Thompson missed the cut at the 2008 Masters after calling a penalty stroke on himself.
“He’s got a strong Christian testimony,” Wilson said. “We’re excited to have him and hear his story.”
Past golf breakfast speakers include Zach Johnson, Ben Crane, Larry Mize, Stewart Cink and broadcaster Pat Summerall.
Print free tickets for the breakfast at greateraugustafca.org.