Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Thompson Golfing in Hartford

Michael Thompson takes a whack at the miniature golf course at the Travelers Championship.

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson will be playing the Travelers Championship this week in Hartford, Connecticut but before Thursday's first round, he got some putting practice in the Travelers Celebrity Mini Golf tournament.  Putting has certainly been the strength of Michael's game this year as he still ranks 2nd on Tour in the strokes gained putting stat.  Michael has made the cut in his last two tournaments and will look to extend that streak this week.

Michael tees off from the first hole at 12:20pm ET with playing partners Will MacKenzie and Spencer Levin.

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Article on Mini Golf (with video)
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Michael's Scorecard


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Teaming Up in NOLA

by Roz Roberts III

This year's Zurich Classic of New Orleans is trying a new team format this year and Michael Thompson, alongside teammate Tim Wilkinson from New Zealand, have been having success as a duo.  After making the cut on the number (-7), the teammates used Saturday's alternate shot round to make a serious move up the leaderboard after posting a fantastic four under par (68) in blustery conditions.  They moved up 24 spots and are now tied for 8th heading into Sunday's final round.

The final round will be played using a better ball format in which each player plays his own ball like regular stroke play with the better score on each hole being carded for the team.  The weather for tomorrow's round is expected to be bad so play has been moved up to try and get the entire round completed on Sunday.

Michael and Wilkinson will be teeing off at 7:40am CT from the first tee.  They will be playing with the team of Angel Cabrera and Julian Etulain.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Another Two Under In Texas


by Roz Roberts III

For the second day in a row at the Valero Texas Open, Michael Thompson posted a two under par 70 and has climbed into a tie for 17th.   His putter heated up on Friday as he sank three putts beyond 14 feet and ended the day with +1.883 strokes gained putting.

Michael limited his mistakes on Friday as he only had two bogeys.  He also continued his positive trend of producing bounce back birdies as he birdied the par five 14th hole after bogeying the par three 13th hole.  For the tournament, Michael has produced a birdie after 50% of his bogeys (3 out of 6).

Michael tees off on Saturday at 10:40am CT (11:40am ET)

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Michael's Scorecard

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thompson Finishes Birdie-Birdie in San Antonio


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson finished his first round at the Valero Texas Open strong with back to back birdies.  He finished the round at two under par (70) and is tied for 33th going into Friday's second round.  Michael's day was anything but boring as he carded six birdies but he also had four bogeys on the day.

On a positive note, after two of his bogeys he immediately followed up with a bounce back birdie.  Michael also managed to put up some distance with his driver where he averaged 318.6 yards on the day which was second for the tournament.


Video

Michael Thompson's long-range birdie effort at Valero In the opening round of the 2017 Valero Texas Open, 

Michael Thompson drains his 24-foot birdie putt on the par-4 10th hole.





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Monday, April 3, 2017

Thompson Goes Bogey Free - Again!

Michael Thompson lines up a putt on the second hole during the second round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on March 31, 2017 in Humble, Texas. (Source: Stacy Revere/Getty Images North America)
by Roz Roberts III

For the second time in two days, Michael Thompson posted a bogey free round at the Shell Houston Open and rode the great round to a tie for 12th finish.  Michael shot a four under par 68 in round four and finished the tournament at eight under par.  It was Michael's second consecutive top 15 finish.  He was also the only player in the tournament to go bogey free on the weekend where he finished his final 37 holes without a bogey.

Michael was over +10 in strokes gained putting and finished the tournament in second for that stat behind only the eventual winner Russell Henley.  Michael is now second in strokes gained putting on the PGA Tour for the year.

Michael now has five top 20 finishes on tour for the year.  He used this finish to move up to seventh on the reshuffle list and he is now 82nd on the FedexCup points list.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Thompson Goes Bogey Free in Round Three

Michael Thompson plays a shot from the fairway on the 18th hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on March 30, 2017 in Humble, Texas.(Source: Josh Hedges/Getty Images North America)

by Roz Roberts III

After making the cut by a shot at the Shell Houston Open, Michael Thompson posted a bogey free round of three under par (69) in Saturday's third round.  He climbed 34 spots up the leaderboard and is now tied for 21st at four under par for the tournament.  Michael's tournament has been characterized by fantastic putting where he is +8.944 in strokes gained putting for the tournament which ranks third in the field.

Michael will tee off at 8:55am ET with Robert Garrigus and John Rahm for Sunday's final round from the first tee.

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Michael's Scorecard

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Puerto Rico Open Starts Thursday



This week's PGA event will be played opposite the WGC match play event so the field at the Puerto Rico Open will be missing the top players in the world.  Michael Thompson, and lots of the other PGA Tour players sitting outside the top 64 in OWGR, will be competing to put up a top finish and grab some momentum as the PGA Tour will head into the meat of the season next week at the Shell Houston Open.

Michael  tees off at at 11:40am ET.

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Michael's Scorecard

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Snake Pit is Waiting


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson will take on the "Snake Pit" tomorrow at the Valspar Championship.  The final three holes on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf Resort present a challenging set of closing holes and have earned their ominous nickname.  Michael should be rested and ready after a week off.

He tees off at 8:29am ET with Sean O'Hair and Morgan Hoffman from the first hole.  Weather conditions on Thursday aren't expected to be a factor.


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Michael's Scorecard

Friday, February 10, 2017

Weather Delays at Pebble

by Roz Roberts III

This week finds Michael Thompson playing golf on the picturesque Monterrey Bay peninsula.  However, the beautiful scenery has been obscured by the weather through the first two fays of the tournament.  Round one was cut short by rain while today's second round was halted due to fog.

Michael shot one over par on Thursday at Pebble Beach and he was one under par through 12 holes before his second round was halted at Monterrey Peninsula Country Club this afternoon, .  He is currently even par and tied for 55th.  He will be playing Spyglass Hill tomorrow after he finishes up at MPCC.

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Michael's Scorecard

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Thompson Saves His Best for Last

Michael Thompson plays his shot from the fifth tee during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on January 29, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Source: Donald Miralle/Getty Images North America)

by Roz Roberts III

After three great rounds of one under par, Michael Thompson put together his best round of the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday.  He shot a four under par 68 and finished the tournament at seven under par (T14th).   It was Michael's third top 20 finish of the year.

Sunday's round was nearly flawless.  Michael only bogeyed one hole while he birdied five.  He was putting great all day as he was making long birdie putts and making crucial par saves.  Michael finished the tournament tied for third in fewest bogeys (only 7 for the week) and he didn't card a single double bogey or worse.  He also finished the tournament sixth in strokes gained putting and tied for 8th in driving accuracy.

I only saw 11 holes yesterday but between yesterday's round and today's I witnessed Michael card a single bogey over 29 holes and go seven under par over that stretch.  He made the hardest par 72 course on Tour look easy.  I think this might have been the most consistent four consecutive rounds I've ever seen him play live.  It bodes well for the rest of this 2016-2017 season.

Other Photos from Round 4

Michael Thompson plays his shot on the fourth green during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on January 29, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Source: Donald Miralle/Getty Images North America)
Michael Thompson plays his shot on the fourth green during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on January 29, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Source:my phone)
Michael Thompson plays his shot from the second green during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on January 29, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Source:My phone)

Michael Thompson plays his shot from the fourth tee during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on January 29, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Source:My phone)

Michael Thompson plays his shot from the fifth tee during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on January 29, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Source:My phone)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

One Under - Again

Michael Thompson gets ready to putt for birdie on hole #13 on the South Course at Torrey Pines during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

by Roz Roberts III

For the third straight day at the Farmers Insurance Open, Michael Thompson carded a one under par 71.  He is currently three under par and tied for 34th.  Michael's day was full of highlights including two long putts he sank on consecutive holes.  He birdied hole #8 from over 46 feet and followed that up with a 38 foot par save on hole #9.

We didn't catch up with Michael's group until the 8th hole.  From that point of the round on he was bogey free and shot three under par.  He had a rough stretch early where he bogeyed three out of four holes but from the point we caught his round he was fantastic.  Besides the birdie bomb on hole #8, the most memorable hole of the day for me was the birdie he made on the most difficult hole on the course:  the 504 yard par four 12th hole.    He split the fairway with a 295 yard drive and he landed his 200 yard approach within four feet.  He paid off those two shots by making the short birdie putt.

Michael will tee off in Sunday's fourth round at 8:25am with Emiliano Grillo and Sebastian Munoz.

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Michael's Scorecard

Friday, January 27, 2017

Another Solid Round in San Diego

Michael Thompson tees off from the 8th hole at the North Course at Torrey Pines
by Roz Roberts III

For the second day in a row, Michael Thompson  shot one under par (71) from at the Farmers Insurance Open.  He is now two under par for the tournament which has him tied for 35th.  His second round was once again characterized by great driving and solid all around play.  He missed a few birdie putts coming down the stretch but that was not uncommon as the greens once again were living up to there unpredictable reputation.  Round two played harder than round one because the wind was blowing throughout the day.

Michael will tee off bright and early on Saturday for round three.  He tees off from the first hole at 7:40am PT.  He will be playing with Beau Hossler and Kevin Tway.

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Michael's Scorecard

More Photos From Round Two







Thursday, January 26, 2017

Torrey South Is An Exercise in Patience



Michael's office was pretty spectacular today.  Torrey Pines South Course hole #4.


by Roz Roberts III

The South Course at Torrey Pines is a beast.  There's no two ways about it.  It's long.  Really long.  And to make things even worse, today's soft conditions didn't provide any roll on the fairways which made it play even longer.

Michael Thompson and his group played in one of the last groups off the first tee and they played through the windiest part of the day and had to deal with bumpy, crusty greens.  Despite all of the difficulties Michael managed to shoot one under par and played great all day.  

To put Michael's round into perspective, he scored better than all three off the players in the group in front of him:  Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, and Tiger Woods.  Everyone was missing short putts as the greens were rolling so erratically and the ball was bouncing and veering all over the place.  The difficulties meant that you had to stay patient and just roll with the punches.

Tomorrow's round is expected to play even tougher as the wind will be gusting up to 40mph.  Michael and his playing partners Jon Curran and Morgan Hoffman will be playing the North Course tomorrow at 9:40am PT.

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Michael's Scorecard


Pictures From Round One

Michael Thompson drains his birdie putt on hole #6 on the South Course at Torrey Pines.

Michael Thompson signs autographs after round one at the Farmers Insurance Open.



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Torrey Awaits

by Roz Roberts III

After a soggy week in Palm Desert, the sun will be shining this week on Michael Thompson and the rest of the PGA Tour as they compete in the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.  The weather should provide beautiful vistas of the California coast with plenty of sunshine.  The only weather concern will come on Friday when it is expected to be windy.

The Farmers will utilize both the North and South courses at Torrey Pines.  The South course is the more difficult of the two courses although recent changes on the North course have lengthened it.  The South course wass the highest scoring par 72 course on Tour last year.  It's narrow fairways, length, and long rough always provide a difficult test.

Michael will tee off at 10:50am PT from the first hole of the South course on Thursday.   He will be playing with Morgan Hoffman and Jon Curran.  They tee off intermediately after the featured group of Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, and Tiger Woods.

It should be an interesting exercise in patience as I follow Michael and his group while trying to navigate the crowds.  I will try to provide some live Tweets from the course.  The South course will have ShotLink coverage so you should be able to follow the leaderboard too.

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Michael's Scorecard

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

West Coast Swing Starts in Sunny(?) California

Michael Thompson plays his shot from the fifth tee during the second round of the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 13, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Source: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America)

by Roz Roberts III


The PGA Tour has moved on from Hawaii and will start the West Coast Swing this week near Palm Springs, California at the CareerBuilder Challenge.  Typically, the Tour can expect mild weather and clear skies at the CareerBuilder but this week will be anything but.  Southern California will be experiencing a multi day storm which should arrive tomorrow.  Conditions should be wet.  Californians all know we could use the rain but typically golf tournaments and rain don't mix well.  The CareerBuilder is also a Pro-Am which results in longer rounds by its very nature.  Once you add some rain into the mix, rounds could last a while.

The CareerBuilder will be held across three Palm Desert courses but ShotLink data will only be available from the PGA West Stadium Course so following Michael on the La Quinta and Niclaus Tournament courses will be an exercise in patience.

Barring any weather delays, Michael gets his first round started on Thursday from the tenth hole at the La Quinta course at 9:30am PT.  He will be in a foursome with Scott Brown and two amateurs.  Hopefully any delays will be kept to a minimum.


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Michael's Scorecard