Sunday, March 29, 2015

Deja Vu All Over Again

In the third round of the 2015 Valero Texas Open, Michael Thompson holes out from 49 feet for birdie on the par-3 16th hole.

by Roz Roberts III
For the third consecutive round, Michael Thompson shot a one over par 73 at the Valero Texas Open.  He is now three over par for the tournament and tied for 27th heading into Sunday's final round.

Despite his consistent scoring, each round has taken radically different paths to those 73 strokes.  In Saturday's third round Michael minimized his negative holes as he only had two bogeys.  He had at least four bogeys in each of his first two rounds.  However, he wasn't able to make many birdies since he only hit 5 out of 18 greens in regulation.  In fact, he only had one birdie on Saturday when he chipped in for birdie out of the rough on hole #16.

Michael tees off from the first hole at 10:05am local time (11:05ET) with Luke Guthrie and John Huh.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Hanging Tough in Texas

In the opening round of the 2015 Valero Texas Open, Michael Thompson hits his 144-yard approach in to 4 feet on the par-5 8th hole then holes the putt for birdie.

by Roz Roberts III

Over the last couple of days at the Valero Texas Open, Michael Thompson posted consecutive rounds of one over par 73 and is currently tied for 26th.  The wind has been blowing in San Antonio and the scoring has been high.  The cut fell at a hefty six over par.  Despite the difficult conditions, Michael has been able to make enough birdies, especially on the par 5's, to compensate for the inevitable bogeys that TPC San Antonio has been handing out.

Michael will be playing with Andres Romero and Fabian Gomez for Saturday's third round.  They tee off from the first hole at 10:15am local time (11:15am ET).

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Michael Thompson tees off on the 17th hole during round two of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course.  (March 26, 2015 - Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)

Michael Thompson chips onto the 15th hole during round two of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course.  (March 26, 2015 - Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)

Michael Thompson tees off on the 11th hole during round two of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course.  (March 26, 2015 - Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Texas Two Step Before Masters

Really sweet track this week in fantastic shape! Posted by Matt Hughes on Instagram

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson has found his way into the Lone Star State.  This week's Valero Texas Open in San Antonio marks the first of two PGA Tour events in Texas before the Masters takes place in April.  High winds are forecast for Thursday's first round.

Michael is grouped with Charley Hoffman and Brian Harmon.  They tee off at 1:20pm local time (2:20pm ET) from the first hole.


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Friday, March 13, 2015

A Strong Start and a Rough Finish Leave Thompson Where He Started

Michael Thompson plays a shot off the 11th tee during the first round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Florida. (March 11, 2015 - Source: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America) 

by Roz Roberts III
Michael Thompson's first round at the 2015 Valspar Championship started off well.  He birdied his second hole of the day and managed to reach three under par after 14 holes which was near the top of the leaderboard before he hit a rough patch and bogeyed three holes in a row before finishing his round with a par.  At the end of the day he finished his day right where he started it  - at even par.  He is currently tied for 59th heading into Friday's second round.

Michael will once again be playing with Ben Crane and Brendon Todd.  They tee off Friday afternoon at 1:30pm ET from the 1st hole.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Copperhead Ready to Bare Its Fangs


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson is headed back to the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida to compete in this year's rendition of the Valspar Championship.  The Copperhead Course, a par 71, is unlike most courses in Florida in that it has elevation changes and tree lined fairways to deal with more so than wind and water.  Accuracy,both off the tee and into the greens, will be keys to success as the rough is known to be difficult.  Length off the tee isn't a major factor either as the course's many dog logs force players to hit less than driver off the tee. Copperhead is typically ranked inside of the top 10 of most difficult courses on the PGA Tour.

Michael is playing the first two rounds with Ben Crane and Brendon Todd.  They tee of Thursday morning at 8:45am ET from the 10th hole.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Rain Challenged Honda Classic Finally Under Way

View of the 18th hol on Saturday.  Posted by Stephanie Wei (‏@StephanieWei ) on Twitter
by Roz Roberts III

After two days of weather delays, the third round of the Honda Classic is finally underway again.  Because the tournament has been delayed so long the field will not be regrouped for the fourth round.   The tournament won't finish until Monday.

Michael Thompson is currently one under par and tied for 12th after playing 1o holes of his third round at three under par.

Michael will be playing the final two rounds with Kevin Kisner and Jamie Lovemark.




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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thompson Excels While Most Struggle at Honda Classic

Michael Thompson lines up a putt on the 14th green during the first round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa - Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (February 26, 2015 - Source: David Cannon/Getty Images North America)

by Roz Roberts III

The PGA National Champion Course is known as a difficult course under the best of circumstances.  Add 35mph wind gusts and it can be downright diabolical.  The first round of the 2015 Honda Classic challenged the best golfers in the world and only 19 players managed to break par.  The average score was more than two and a half shots over par.

Michael Thompson played a fantastic first round and finished at one under par which has him tied for 13th heading into tomorrow's second round.  Michael hit 9 out of 14 fairways and 13 out of 18 greens in regulation

Michael and playing partners Stewart Cink and Ian Poulter tee off from the first hole Friday at 12:25pm ET.


Michael Thompson plays his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa - Champion Course on February 26, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (February 25, 2015 - Source: David Cannon/Getty Images North America)




Michael Thompson reacts to his birdie putt on the 14th hole during the first round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa - Champion Course on February 26, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (February 26, 2015 - Source: David Cannon/Getty Images North America)




Video Highlights from Round 1


Michael Thompson sinks a 17-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th hole.


Michael Thompson hits his 36-yard pitch shot on the par-4 10th hole to 5 feet to get up and down for par.




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Live@ Streaming of Holes 13 and 15

Thompson Back at the Honda Classic

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson is back at a tournament he knows well - the Honda Classic.  It's the site of his first PGA Tour victory back in 2012,  The Jack Nicklaus designed PGA National Champion Course is known for its three hole stretch known as the Bear Trap and is considered the most difficult course in Florida.  

Michael will be playing with Ian Poulter and Stewart Cink.  They tee off Thursday morning at 7:25am ET from the tenth hole.

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Wednesday Afternoon Michael was Practicing...Juggling


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Friday, February 20, 2015

Riviera is No Vacation


by Randy Roberts

Michael Thompson shot three over par and is tied for 85th after the first round of the Northern Trust Open. He had what I would consider one of the "Most Colorful" scorecards of the day, with only 7 pars, four of which all came at the end of his round.

He'll be teeing off for round two at 7:43 PST with Woody Austin and Ken Duke.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Thompson Takes Aim at Riviera



photo by caddie Matt Hughes @matthughes 

by Randy Roberts

Michael Thompson's west coast swing heads back to Southern California to the Riviera Country Club. This will be the third time he's played in the Northern Trust Open (T17 2012, MC 2013)

He'll be teeing off at 12:23 PST with Woody Austin and Ken Duke.

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Interesting Tidbit:
Michael had a mention in an article about Nick Saban and Alabama golf coach Jay Seawell.
Saban, 'Bama Golf Coach Bond Through Love of Links, Titles

Saturday, February 14, 2015

One Birdie Not Enough For a Parade


by Randy Roberts

Michael Thompson's birdie parade failed to materialize Friday on the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Four bogeys were offset by a lone birdie, which dropped him down to T-109. He'll be looking to gain back some momentum and make the cut today at the third golf course of the week: Spyglass Hill Golf Club. He tees off at 9:39 am with Jason Day.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thompson's Birdie Parade Continues at Pebble Beach



by Roz Roberts III


In his final round at Torrey Pines last week, Michael Thompson carded seven birdies.  Today at Pebble Beach, Michael continued the birdie barrage as he had another eight birdies during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am.  He finished the round at four under par and he is currently tied for 26th.

Michael's round wasn't without its difficulties.  He had four bogeys on his card including one on the 18th hole after his first drive went left into the Pacific Ocean.  He had to re-tee and went left again.  This time, playing partner Jason Day found Michael's ball on the rocky beach.  Michael managed to save his bogey by dropping a 25 foot putt.

Michael Thompson hits his third shot from the beach on the 18th hole of Pebble Beach.  Photo posted by Golf Central on Twitter.



Michael's putting was definitely the strongest part of his round.  He was +2.478 in strokes gained putting which is currently second.  He made puts of 19'2", 22'8", 25'2", and 28'10".  Since Shot Tracker is only available at Pebble Beach, the stokes gained stats are only relative to players at Pebble Beach.

Michael also chipped in from 12 yards on hole #13.

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am is played on three separate courses.  Michael, Jason Day, and their amateur partners will move on the Shore Course at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club.  They will tee off on Friday at 8:11am PT.  On Saturday they will move on to the most difficult of the three courses: Spyglass Hill.





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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Thompson Playing Pebble Beach Tomorrow


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson and the rest of the PGA Tour have moved up the California coast to the beautiful piece of coast line between Monterey and Carmel.  This week the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am will be held on three iconic golf courses:  Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill, and the Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course.

Michael is paired with Jason Day and they will be playing with a couple of amateurs from the business world.  They get their first round underway at Pebble Beach starting at 8:55am PT on the first hole.  Look for longer rounds than normal since they are playing in foursomes and each group has two amateurs in them.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Seven Birdies in the Final Round Give Thompson Best Finish of the Year

Michael Thompson plays a shot out of the bunker on the fourth hole during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on February 8, 2015 in La Jolla, California.  (February 7, 2015 - Source: Josh Hedges/Getty Images North America)


by Roz Roberts III

It was an eventful final round at the Farmers Insurance Open for Michael Thompson.  He carded a remarkable seven birdies under difficult breezy conditions Sunday afternoon.  They were balanced by five bogeys but ultimately his two under par 70 was tied for the seventh best round of the day.  It moved him to six under par for the tournament which was good enough for a T11.  It was by far Michael's best finish of the young 2014-2015 PGA Tour season.

For the second straight day, Michael took advantage of the four par 5's at Torrey Pines South.  He birdied all four of them on Sunday.  The strong finish moved Michael up to 121st on the money list and 145th on the FedexCup points list.

This week he moves up the coast to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on the beautiful Monterrey Peninsula in central California.


Michael Thompson plays his tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on February 8, 2015 in La Jolla, California.  (February 7, 2015 - Source: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America) 

Michael Thompson and his caddie Matt Hughes wait on the fifth hole of Torrey Pines South  during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.


Michael Thompson hits his third shot on the par 5 9th hole on Torrey Pines South during the fourth round of the Farmers Insurance Open.  He would end up birding the hole after his chip game to rest 7'6" form the hole.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Thompson Takes Advantage of Par 5's on Torrey South

Michael Thompson plays his tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on February 7, 2015 in La Jolla, California.  (February 6, 2015 - Source: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America)
by Roz Roberts III

During Saturday's third round at the Farmers Insurance Open, Michael Thompson struggled on the par fours on the Torrey Pines South course but was superb on the par fives.  He finished the round at two over par and is currently tied for 21st.

On the day, Michael was six over par on the par fours which included a double bogey on the forth hole when he drove the ball left into the native scrub brush and had to take an unplayable lie penalty.  But while he struggled on the par fours, he excelled on the par fives.  He was four under par on the four par fives after making two birdies and an eagle.  His eagle came on his final hole of the day when his second shot from 260 yards came to rest a mere four feet 10 inches from the hole.




For Sunday's final round, Michael will be playing with with Brendon De Jonge and Jamie Donaldson.  They tee off from the first hole at 8:50am PT.

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Michael tees off from the first hole in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open