Imagine going to work for a week and the politely turning down your paycheck when your boss hands it to you. Now imagine doing that for a paycheck worth $241,820.
That’s the situation young Braden Thornberry found himself in Sunday after finishing tied for fourth at the St. Jude Classic, his first-ever professional tournament. He was six strokes off the lead before firing a 5-under 65 on Sunday.
After shooting a 1-over 71 on Thursday, Thornberry was 9-under for the rest of the tournament; only champion Daniel Berger and Billy Horschel (both -10) were better over the final 54 holes.
His college coach, Chris Malloy, gushed over the future of the 2017 NCAA title winner.
“There is no ceiling for this young man,” Malloy said. “I’ve never said that and I’ve coached some really good ones. He has no ceiling. He’s as good as anyone you will ever watch.”