Friday, January 29, 2016

Playing the Weekend (Again)!

Michael Thompson waits his turn to putt on the 5th hole at the Torrey Pines South Course during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open.
by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson has gotten into the habit of making the cut at PGA Tour events and that's a VERY good thing.  By making the cut at this week's Farmers Insurance Open, Michael has now made the cut in seven of the eight tournaments he's played in this PGA Tour season and he's made all three cuts in 2016.

Michael played the difficult South Course at Torrey Pines really well on Friday and ultimately carded a one under par 71 leaving him three under par and tied for 27th.  Michael played great all day until he had a tough stretch starting with the par 4 14th hole.  His tee shot went left into the rough and his second shot landed out of bounds.  He carded a double bogey and was facing another bogey on hole #15 after his bunker shot came out hot and left him with a 50 foot pitch for par.  He drained the pitch (see the video below) and that clutch and improbable par save provided his round a boost of needed momentum.  He gave himself three consecutive birdie chances on the final three holes and he was able to convert one of them on hole 17.

Michael will be teeing off at 8:40am PT from the first hole with Bud Cauley and Bronson Burgoon.

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Michael Thompson chips in for great par save at Farmers 

In the second round of the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open, Michael Thompson holes his 36-foot chip shot to save par on the par-4 15th hole on the South Course at Torrey Pines.

Michael Thompson pours in a 27-footer for birdie at Farmers 

In the second round of the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open, Michael Thompson sinks a 27-foot putt for birdie on the par-4 17th hole on the South Course at Torrey Pines.


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thompson Posts Solid -2 at Torrey

Michael Thompson tees off from hole #13 on the North Course at Torrey Pines during round 1 of the Farmers Insurance Open.  January 28, 2016
by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson posted a solid two under par 70 on the North Course at Torrey Pines during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open and is currently tied for 34th.  The scoring average on the North Course was 70.9 so he was a shot under that but he could easily have been four under or even lower.  He had a birdie putt on hole #4 all but fall to the bottom of the cup (see the video below) and he had birdie putts on holes #8 and #9 that just missed.  The birdie put on #9 looked good all the way to the hole and right before it reached the hole it broke hard to the left and just missed.

Michael's round from a stats point of view probably doesn't look great since he missed a lot of fairways early although he wasn't missing the fairways by much.  Even though he wasn't hitting a lot of fairways early in the round, he was hitting a lot of greens.  Towards the end of the round he began hitting fairways more consistently and had birdie opportunities on most of the final 5 holes including really good looks on the final three holes (he made the one on hole #7).

Tomorrow, Michael will be teeing off at 9am PT from the South Course.  The earlier tee time should help with the Poa Annua greens that become very bumpy in the afternoon as they bloom.

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Michael's birdie putt on hole #4 makes 180 degree turn rather than falling into the hole like it should have.  Come on ball!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It's Torrey Time!


by Roz Roberts III

It's time for the ThompsonTide guys' favorite PGA Tour stop of the year: the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines!  The PGA Tour, with Michael Thompson in tow, has made its yearly stop in San Diego and we can't wait to watch Michael in person.

The FIO at Torrey Pines takes advantage of both the north and south courses along cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  The north course is fairly short and easy by PGA Tour standards with the south course, the host of the 2008 US Open, is yearly one of the longest and most difficult courses on tour.
Michael gets his tournament under way on the north course teeing off from the tenth hole at 10:10am PT.  He is grouped with George McNeil and Johnson Wagner.

I will be on site an will attempt to provide live updates via Twitter.  Watch the right hand twitter feed window on this page or follow us on Twitter (@ThompsonTide) for updates.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Another Scorching Start in the Desert

Michael Thompson lines up a putt on the 18th green during the second round of the CareerBuilder Challenge In Partnership With The Clinton Foundation on the Jack Nicklaus Tournament course at PGA West on January 22, 2016 in La Quinta, California.  (Source: Harry How/Getty Images North America)

by Roz Roberts III

Round two of the CareerBuilder Challenge started a lot like round one for Michael Thompson.  He birdied six of his first nine holes and made the turn at five under par.  He birdied the first two holes of the back nine and actually took the solo lead for a little while before his round sort of ran out of steam.  Despite bogeying the final hole, Michael carded a five under par 67 and is -11 after the first two rounds tied for 8th.

Michael will face the final course of the three played at the CareerBuilder Challenge over the next two rounds: the TPC West Stadium Course.  This Pete Dye course is new in the tournament's rotation and is the most challenging of the three courses.  A cut will be made after Saturday's third round and the final round will be played at the Stadium Course.

Michael tees off at 8:30am PT on Saturday.


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Michael Thompson interview after Round 2 of CareerBuilder Challenge 

Following a second-round 67, Michael Thompson reflects on his play in the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation with Mark Immelman from PGA TOUR Radio.



Michael Thompson birdies No. 9 at CareerBuilder 

In the second round of the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, Michael Thompson makes his birdie putt from 13 feet on the par-4 9th hole.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Excellent First Round Highlighted by Scorching Start


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson got off to a dream start in the first round of the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, CA.  He started on the back nine at the the La Quinta Country Club and was four under par after his first four holes.  The start was highlighted by an eagle on the par five 13th hole.

After the hot start, Michael settled into the rest of the round where he sprinkled four birdies and two bogeys across his scorecard and ultimately carded a six under par (66).  He is currently in a tie for 7th.

Tomorrow, Michael will move to the PGA West Tournament Course when he tees off at 9:00am from the first hole.

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Hot Start in the Desert


Michael Thompson got off to a blazing start at the  CareerBuilder Challenge in the Palm Springs, CA desert.  He started his first round, which is currently underway, going birdie-birdie-par-eagle on the La Quinta course.  He has subsequently bogeyed and sits at -3 for the tournament (T12) through six holes.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Eagle at the Wire Propels Thompson Into the Weekend

Michael Thompson tees off on the 11th hole during the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii golf tournament at Waialae Country Club. Photo by Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
by Roz Roberts III

For the second day in a row at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Michael Thompson managed to finish his round on a high note.  In Thursday's first round he finished with back to back birdies while Friday's second round was even more dramatic.

Michael came to his final hole (hole #9) sitting two shots outside of the cut line.  Luckily for Michael, the ninth hole is a short par five and the easiest hole on the course.  Michael's tee shot was beauty that traveled 337 yards and found the right hand side of the fairway.  It left Michael a manageable 156 yards from the hole.  Michael stuck the approach inside five feet, made the short eagle putt and walked off his final hole knowing he'd be making the cut.  This marks the fifth time out of six events this season that Michael has made the cut.

There will be a secondary cut on Saturday since over 80 players made the cut.

In Saturday's third round Michael will once again be grouped with Ryo Ishikawa and Chad Campbell since they all finished the second round at three under par (T66).  They tee off from the tenth hole at 11:45am local time (1:45pm PT).

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Michael Thompson plays his shot from the first tee during the first round of the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 14, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  (Jan. 13, 2016 - Source: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Wrap-Around Schedule Gets Into High Gear in Hawaii


by Roz Roberts III

2016 has arrived, and as usual the PGA Tour begins the calendar year in Hawaii.  Like last year, the wrap around PGA Tour season is already in progress but the new year really marks the start of the heart of the season.  This week Michael Thompson and his fellow PGA Tour professionals will be competing in the Sony Open in Hawaii.  The Sony Open is known for narrow fairways that routinely average in the top five hardest to hit on Tour.  Accuracy off the tee and good putting are rewarded in Honolulu.

Michael tees off his first round on Thursday morning at 11:50am local time (1:50pm PT).  He will be grouped with Chad Campbell and Ryo Ishikawa

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I'm sorry to say that PGATour.com has discontinued the old ShotTracker website.  I always had a love/hate relationship with the site but it allowed me to follow Michael's entire group each round during a tournament in a way that the new leaderboard doesn't.  It also allowed me to look at Michael's ShotTracker in a much larger view that I preferred.  So going forward you won't be seeing those old ShotTracker links.  RIP ShotTracker.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Playing on Tour and Sleeping at Home


by Roz Roberts III

For the first time in his PGA Tour career, Michael Thompson is playing an event where he will get to sleep in his own bed at the end of each round.  This week's RSM Classic is being played at the Sea Island Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia.  The RSM Classic, previously the McGladry Classic, will be using both the Seaside and Plantation courses at Sea Island Golf Club for the first two rounds.

Michael will be teeing off the first round on the Seaside Course's first hole at 10:20am ET.  He is playing with Robert Garrigus and Chad Campbell.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Thompson Extends Cuts Made Streak


by Roz Roberts III

After two rounds in the 60's at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico, Michael Thompson has extended his cuts made streak to all four events he has competed in during the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season.  If you add last year's PGA Tour season and the Web.com Tour Finals events Michael played in at the end of last year, he has made the cut in eight straight events.  At the OHL Classic, Michael is eight under par after the first two rounds and is tied for tenth.

Due to expected inclement weather in the afternoon, the OHL Classic will start earlier than normal for Saturday's third round.  Michael tees off from the first hole with Will Wilcox and Camillo Villegas at 8:20am ET

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Michael Thompson pours in a 25-footer for birdie at OHL Classic 
In the second round of the 2015 OHL Classic at Mayakoba, Michael Thompson rolls in a lengthy putt for birdie from 25 feet on the par-3 10th hole.


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Monday, November 9, 2015

Thompson Tied for Second Heading Into Long Monday

Michael Thompson tees off on the second hole during round three at the Sanderson Farms Championship at The Country Club of Jackson on November 8, 2015 in Jackson, Mississippi.  (Nov. 7, 2015 - Source: Michael Cohen/Getty Images North America)
by Roz Roberts III

After multiple weather delays, the Sanderson Farms Championship is headed for a Monday finish.  Michael Thompson is currently tied for second and is on his eighth hole of the third round.  Michael is two under par for his third round and twelve under par for the tournament.  The field will resume round three at 7am ET Monday morning.  Once round three is complete the field will not be regrouped and will get a very brief break before starting round four.

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Michael Thompson takes aim at the cup at Sanderson Farms
In the third round of the 2015 Sanderson Farms Championship, Michael Thompson nearly flies his 124-yard approach shot on the par-4 2nd hole into the cup.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Pair of 67's Oh So Nice

Michael Thompson prepares to putt on the 18th hole during the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship at The Country Club of Jackson on November 6, 2015 in Jackson, Mississippi.  (Nov. 5, 2015 - Source: Michael Cohen/Getty Images North America)

by Roz Roberts III

A pair of five under par 67's in the first two rounds of the Sanderson Farms Championship have Michael Thompson tied for 4th as round two is finishing up Saturday morning.  Rain on Friday delayed round two and ultimately only half the field was able to complete their rounds.

Rain has also caused delays Saturday morning.  Once round two is complete, a cut will be made and round 3 tee times will be assigned.  We will post an update on Michael's round 3 tee time when it becomes available.  He won't be able to finish his third round until Sunday morning.

Update: Michael's tee time for round 3 has been set. He's teeing off at 2:50 with Brian Davis and Patrick Rodgers


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Michael Thompson birdies No. 11 at Sanderson Farms
In the second round of the 2015 Sanderson Farms Championship, Michael Thompson sinks an 18-foot putt for birdie on the par-5 14th hole.




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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sanderson Farms Championship Gets Underway in Mississippi


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson continues his PGA Tour fall schedule this week in Mississippi at the Sanderson Farms Championship.  This tournament is being played as an alternate event opposite one of the WGC events: the HSBC Champions.

Michael will be teeing off from the tenth hole at 11:15am ET.  He is playing with Tommy Gainey and Whee Kim.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

What a First Round in Vegas!


Michael Thompson plays a shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open on October 22, 2015 at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Oct. 21, 2015 - Source: Scott Halleran/Getty Images North America)

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson put together his best round of the young season shooting a seven under par 74 and he is currently tied for first at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.  Michael had a single blemish on his scorecard when he double bogeyed his second hole of the day (hole 11) but from that point forward he was flawless.  His round included seven birdies and one eagle.  He made several long putts and managed to hit 16 out of 18 greens in regulation.

He gets his second round underway at 12:46pm PDT on Friday.




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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Vegas Baby!


by Roz Roberts III

After a strong opening round in last week's Fry's.com Open, Michael Thompson slowed down a bit and didn't make it through Saturday's second cut and ultimately finished with a MDF (made cut, didn't finish).  He'll look to improve on his results from last week in Las Vegas at the Shriner's Hospitals for Children Open.  The Shriners is played at TPC Sunderlin and plays to a par 71.

Michael is paired with Scott Brown and Ricky Barnes for the first two rounds.  They tee off Thursday morning at 8:01am PDT from the tenth hole.

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