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Thursday
Nov162017

6'9" Leukemia Survivor Thomson Earns European Tour Card With Birdie-Birdie Finish

It's sounds cinematic on many levels, and if you're a Telegraph subscriber you'll undoubtedly get a great read from James Corrigan about 21-year-old Jonathan Thomson.

For those of us not behind the paywall, there is this AP story on the incredibly tall, amazingly courageous golfer. The Englishman endured five years of chemotherapy.

The 21-year-old Thomson was diagnosed with a strain of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 7, and went into remission after five years of chemotherapy. He represented England in tournaments at youth level and turned pro in September 2016, spending this season on the EuroPro Tour – the third tier of European golf.

Thomson shot 67-72-68-67-71-69 at Q-School to qualify with two strokes to spare.
“I know who will be leading the driving distance stat next year,” said European Tour player Tyrrell Hatton, a good friend of Thomson’s.

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great story. I wish him well.
11.17.2017 | Unregistered Commenterchico
Hard to believe there's a more inspiring story out there. Congratulations and good luck.
11.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLA Man
Fantastic. 30 years go these types of juvenile leukemia had five year survival of less than 30%. Now 90% of these kids with acute lympholytic leukemia reach remission. Great story all the way around.
11.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterNubi

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