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Plainville’s Jim Renner played his first tournament as a professional in 2007, pocketing $3,600 after finishing eighth at a New England PGA event at the Pinehills in Plymouth.
“I had just graduated from Johnson & Wales University and I thought I was rich,’’ said the 29-year-old Renner, who in 2011 earned a tad more money in his only season on the national PGA Tour — $392,945. He ranked 181st on the money list that year, however the cutoff for PGA exemption is 125th.
Now two years removed from professional golf’s biggest stage, Renner has put himself in prime position for a return. Earlier this month he ranked 12th in earnings ($143,315) on the PGA’s Web.com Tour, whose top 25 money winners automatically gain PGA Tour status for 2014.