Saturday, August 18, 2018

Thompson Does Some Serious Moving


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson Saturday's moving day day at the Wyndham Championship was arguably his best round of the season.  He shot a bogey free 63 (seven under par) and climbed the leaderboard all the way up into a tie for second at the point he finished his round.  He went 18 for 18 in greens in regulation and his putter heated up converting five birdie chances including a 53 footer on the first hole.  He also holed out for eagle from the bunker on the par five 15th hole (see video above).

He is currently tied for seventh with a chunk of the field still needing to complete their third rounds.  Once the third round completes tomorrow the final round will get under way at 11:15am EDT.  Michael will be teeing off closer to 1:15pm EDT although we won't know for sure on his exact tee time until tomorrow morning.

Michael needs a good finish to move up the Fedexcup points list.  He is currently 158th and a 3rd place finish or better would allow him to climb inside the top 125.  Even if that doesn't happen he was the Web.com Tour Finals coming up which allow him a path to earn a tour card for next year.

“Ultimately top 125 is where I'd love to be, a win would be unbelievable,” Michael said. “But for me, really the most attainable goal right now is inside the top 150. If I get in there then I have status for next year at least for a few events.
I found a feel on the range yesterday with my irons that allows me to freely release the club through the ball.  I just went out and trusted it and knew that I had to hit it close and I had to give myself as many chances for birdie as, as possible.  And thankfully today the putter was a little bit more fine-tuned than it has been.
For me actually playing Reno was a great kind of set up to this in the position that I am because Reno, you have to be aggressive, you have to make birdies, and you have points, right?  So bogeys don't really hurt you.”
Thompson said having his wife and 2-year-old son – “who doesn’t care how I play,” has been a welcome distraction. On Sunday, his plan is simple:
“Just go shoot at pins and go have some fun.” 

Atricles
FedExCup update: Thompson climbs standings on Moving Day
Michael Round Three Recap

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Thompson Shoots +10...and is Happy About It

Michael Thompson plays his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the Barracuda Championship at Montreaux Country Club on August 2, 2018 in Reno, Nevada. (Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)
by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson shot a +10 at the Barracuda Championship today...and that's good!  The Barracuda uses a modified Stableford scoring system and +10 put Michael in a tie for 10th after the first round.  His round was highlighted by an eagle on the par 5 18th hole where he holed out from 60 feet just short of the green.

This scoring system rewards aggression  where birdies and eagles are weighted more positively than bogeys and double bogeys are weighted negatively.


  • Eagle                                +5
  • Bridie                               +2
  • Par                                     0
  • Bogey                               -1
  • Double bogey or worse    -3

With Montreux playing at anywhere from 5,000 to 6,000 feet, Michael noted the elevation change and wind made for some interesting club selections on Thursday. "It sometimes feels like we're taking forever to figure out our number. You just have to be patient and crunch the numbers. We started with 5 percent for elevation at the beginning of the round and moved it to 10 percent. Then you factor in the wind. We try and keep it simple, but there's definitely some additional math involved."

Michael is playing with DJ Trahan and Steve Wheatcroft for the first couple of rounds and they begin round two on Friday at 12:11pm PDT.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Thompson Playing in John Deere Classic This Week


by Roz Roberts III


Life has gotten in the way so we haven't posted recently to ThompsonTide lately so here's a summary of what you've missed in the last month in one paragraph or less:

Michael Thompson was all set to play in one of the US Open Sectional Qualifiers back in June but had to withdraw at the last minute due to a neck injury.  He then withdrew from the Fedex St. Jude Classic right before his first round and decided to skip the Travelers Championship, a tournament he would have normally played.  After another week of rest and recuperation Michael was able to play in the Quicken Loans National where he missed the cut by a shot.  Last week he played in A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier where he had a good first round but struggled on Friday and missed the cut again.  And that brings up to this week where...

Michael will be playing at the John Deere Classic which starts Thursday.  The tournament is played at TPC Deere Run in Illinois and the weather is expected to be nice with highs in the 90's.  He will be grouped with Brian Davis and Derek Fathauer for the first two rounds.  They will tee off from the tenth hole at 12:20pm CDT.

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Michael's Scorecard


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Thompson's US Open Sectional Qualifying Bid Happens Tomorrow


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson and 116 other US Open hopefuls will go through the US Open Sectional Qualifying stage tomorrow in Memphis, Tennessee.  The stage will consist of 36 holes played on two courses over a single day.  This year's qualifying will be played at the Ridgeway Country Club and at the Colonial Country Club (South Course).  There are 11 spots up for grabs.

Michael will be playing with fellow professional Jonathan Byrd and amateur Davis Riley.  They will start at the Colonial Country Club South Course and will tee off from the tenth hole at 8:39am CDT.

As of now (9:30 PDT), Michael's name disappeared from the scoring link.  There are still 117 golfers listed so I'm not sure if he withdrew and someone replaced him in the field or if there is an error on the website.

Update: (10:05 PDT): Michael withdrew from the qualifier due to a neck injury.  He's hoping to get right before this week's Fedex St. Jude Classic  (per Jonathon Wall on Twitter). 

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Scoring
Preview of Tennessee Sectional Qualifying

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Island Awaits


by Roz Roberts III

The PLAYERS Championship starts tomorrow and Michael Thompson will be competing in the unofficial fifth major.  The PLAYERS takes place at TPC Sawgrass which is probably best known for the island green seventeenth hole.  TPC Sawgrass provides a stern test for the deepest field of the year to date.

Michael tees off late tomorrow as he and playing partners Patrick Rodgers and Brandon Harkins don't get started from the tenth hole until 2:36pm ET.  They are the last group off the tee.


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Michael's Scorecard 
Live Coverage from the 12th and 17th Holes



Sunday, April 1, 2018

Mission Accomplished

Michael Thompson hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston. (April 1, 2018 - Source: Stacy Revere/Getty Images North America) 
by Roz Roberts III

Although the ThompsonTide guys have been closely following Michael Thompson's medical extension all year, we haven't been posting much information about it.  Call me superstitious but I didn't want to verbalize anything that might "create a disturbance in the force" which would make Michael feel more pressure than I'm sure he was already feeling.

Coming into this week, Michael had one more start on his extension and he needed 3 more FedexCup points to earn his 2017/2018 full PGA card back.  Basically he had to make the cut as a tie for 68th or better would get the job done.  After a great first round he was set to make the cut, which he did but then an odd thing happened.  A historically large group of 90 players made the cut which meant there was going to be a secondary cut on Saturday.  Michael played well on Saturday and made it past that hurdle as well.  The only remaining hurdle was to finish better than 68th.

Michael had a great round on Sunday and finished tied for 14th.  In fact, Michael was within one hole of finishing inside the top 10 for the first time this year but a bogey on his 72nd hole prevented that from happening.  Despite the bobble at the last, Michael earns a major medical extension which will allow him to set his schedule for the rest of the year since he is now at PGA Tour priority 22 (ahead of the reshuffle list) and he also earns a spot in The Players Championship.

One interesting stat for the week that showed just what a good week Michael had is the greens in regulation.  For the week, Michael finished first in GIR where he hit more than 87% of his greens.

Online Links For Those With a Lot of Time On Their Hands
Medical Extensions
Major Qualifiers
PGA Tour Priorities

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Birdies, Birdies, and More Birdies

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson had himself one heck of a round at the Houston Open today.  He shot a five under par 67 and is currently tied for 10th..  Michael was bogey free for the day and made five birdies.  He also hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation.  His lone missed green was actually just on the fringe of the green.

Michael's second round will get under way at 1:40pm CDT with playing partners Keegan Bradley and Sean O'Hair.

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Michael's Scorecard

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Thomson Back In Action Thursday

by Roz Roberts III

It's been over a month since Michael Thompson has played in a PGA Tour event but starting tomorrow Michael will be in action at the Houston Open.  He tees off at 8:50am local Houston time with playing partners Keegan Bradley and Sean O'Hair.

The Houston Open has historically been the final tune-up before the Masters and as such, the course and the greens in particular are setup very similar to Augusta.  The Houston Open's long time slot on tour may be coming to an end next year as the tournament has failed to find a long term title sponsor and the Valero Texas Open will most likely be taking this slot in the schedule next year.

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Michael's Scorecard

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Torrey Time!!!


by Roz Roberts III

It's my favorite non-major week on the entire PGA Tour schedule and tomorrow can't come soon enough!  The PGA Tour is in my home town of San Diego for the Farmers Insurance Open and Michael Thompson is along for the ride.  And that means, so am I!

The Farmers is played at Torrey Pines Golf Course along the beautiful Pacific Ocean and utilizes both the North Course and the South Course.  Each player with play each course once on Thursday and Friday and after the cut the remaining field will play the South Course over the weekend.

The South Course is annually one of the hardest courses on Tour and is long....really, really long.  And it's length gets even more pronounced if there's a wind coming off the ocean.

The North Course has historically been roughly two shots easier than it's big brother to the South but renovations adding length and re-doing some greens evened out the scoring a bit last year.  It remains to be seen if that trend will continue this year or if the North Course will once again play significantly easier as players get more familiarity with the new greens. 

 Michael will tee off in the first group off the tenth hole on the North Course tomorrow at 9:00 am PT.  He is grouped with Ollie Schniederjans and Anirban Lahiri.


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Michael's Scorecard

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Michael's 2017/2018 PGA Tour Status

Determining Michael's 2017/2108 PGA Tour status
by Roz Roberts III

I've been asked by multiple people over the last six months what Michael's status is for the PGA Tour during the 2017/2018 season.  I'm not an expert on the ins and outs of PGA Tour status by any means (I think you need a PGA Tour PhD to fully understand it all) but here's my current understanding of the situation.

Due to Michael's shoulder injury in June of last year, he was given a 6 event medical extension in the current 2017/2018 season.   I believe the 6 events represent the number of events Michael would have qualified for in the 2016/2017 season if he had not been hurt.  Essentially, Michael is given six events this year to "complete" last year.  If he can earn enough FedexCup points in these events such that his FedexCup point total of the new events, combined with his points he had last year at the point he was hurt, are more than the 125th player on the FedexCup Points List last year then he earns a fully exempt card for 2017/2018.

From his six medical starts, Michael has already used two starts and he earned 49.7 FedexCup points.  He has four more events to earn 37.235 points.  His priority into events is currently based on the reshuffle list where  he is currently 23rd.  If he can make it past the 37.235 point barrier in four events then he will earn his fully exempt card for this year which will give him priority above the reshuffle list.

If Michael fails to earn the needed points in his next four starts he will still have status on tour because he finished 149th on the FedexCup points list last year.

Players who finish 126-150 are granted status in the following year although their priority for entering events is AFTER the players the in the reshuffle list so they are limited for which events they can enter.  They are also granted full Web.com Tour Status.

Here are some useful web pages that I use to track all of this:

Medical List
Reshuffle List
2017/2018 Priority Ranking

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Looking Comfortable At Home


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson has been looking like he enjoys his home courses at this week's RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia.  He has posted three consecutive rounds in the 60's (68, 68, 67) and is currently tied for 13th at 9 under par for the tournament.

Michael's third round was highlighted by his driving accuracy after hit every fairway off the tee (14/14).  He carded a three under par round after making birdies on three of his final four holes.  His round was only marred by a single bogey.

For Sunday's final round, Michael will be playing with Johnson Wagner and William McGirt.  They tee off from the first hole at 10:30am ET.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It's a Home Game This Week


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson will be competing this week near his home in Sea Island, Georgia at the RSM Classic.  The tournament will be held on both the Seaside and Plantation courses at the Sea Island Resort.  Each of the courses will be played once and then the tournament will utilize the Seaside Course exclusively for the weekend.  Both courses are about the same length although the Plantation Course is a par 72 while Seaside is a par 70.  This is the last regular PGA Tour event for 2017.


Michael tees off at 10:40am EST and is grouped with Morgan Hoffman and Sung Kang.  The group tees off from the 10th hole on the Plantation Course.


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Michael's Scorecard


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Thompson Will Be Playing the Weekend in Vegas

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson followed up his first round 69 with a second round 70 (one under par) and is now tied for 13th heading into the weekend at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.  Michael continued his trend of hitting greens in regulation and is 33 out of 36 for the tournament which ranks #1 in the field.  Michael's second round was marred by a couple of double bogeys but he still outpaced the field average on Friday due to his consistent play in blustery conditions.

The full field has not completed the second round yet so tee times for the third round are currently unavailable.

Inspired by Michael's great playing, I jumped on a plane to Vegas this afternoon and will be out cheering him on in person.

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Michael's Scorecard

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thompson Perfect in GIR in Debut from Injury

by Roz Roberts III

It's been a while since Michael Thompson played a competitive round on the PGA Tour and he lit up the greens in his return.  In fact, he hit every single green in regulation at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.   That's 18 for 18 if your counting.   He carded a two under par 69 and he is currently tied for 29th with a few golfers still needing to finish round one. 

Any rust from the layoff might have showed up on the greens where Michel uncharacteristically 3 putted three times including his only two bogeys which came fairly early in his round.

Michael and his group are scheduled to tee of at 7:15am PT tomorrow.

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Michael's Scorecard

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Thompson Returns in Vegas

by Roz Roberts III

After rehabing his shoulder for the last several months, Michael Thompson is ready to get back to work.  This week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas will be Michael's first tournament since injuring himself at The National back in June.

Michael will tee off in round 1 at 12:05pm PT and will be grouped with Troy Merritt and Richy Werenski.

Rob Bolton had the following tidbit in this week's Fantasy Insider article on PGATour.com:
He (Michael) has six starts on a Minor Medical Extension to earn 86.935 FedExCup points and a promotion to the Major Medical category. He's already secured conditional status, so he doesn't have to ration those starts
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