Wednesday, August 17, 2016

One More Shot to Make the Fedexcup Playoffs


by Roz Roberts III

This week's Wyndham Championship offers Michael Thompson has one last tournament to try and jump into the top 125 on the Fedexcup Points list in order to secure a spot in this year's playoffs.  He'll likely need a top 5 finish to jump from his current spot of 144 into the top 125.

Michael tees off at 8:20am ET with Spencer Levin and Sung Kang from the first hole at the Sedgefield Country Club.  

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Travelers Gets Underway Thursday


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson will be competing in this week's Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.  Michael has some good history with the Travelers.  He made his non-major PGA Tour debut at the Travelers back in 2008 and he shot his low round on Tour back in 2011 when he shot 62.

In a 2012 interview, Michael said
This is probably the most special tournament I have on my schedule just because it's where I, I guess, got my first official PGA Tour start besides the Masters and US Open when I was an amateur.   From the get‑go I've loved this golf course. It sets up great for me.

Michael will be teeing off at 8:20am ET from the tenth hole with playing partners Adam Hadwin and Patrick Rodgers.


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Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Birdie Barrage North of the Border

Michael Thompson of the United States reacts after making his birdie putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club on July 23, 2016 in Oakville, Canada. (Source: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images North America)
by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson dropped 10 birdies in the third round of the RBC Canadian Open today en route to a six under par 66 which propelled him up 47 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 15th at four under par after 54 holes.  It was a fantastic round in which he hit 12 out of 14 fairways and 17 out of 18 greens in regulation although the round was not without its flaws with a double bogey and two three putt bogeys.

Today would have been a great day to follow Michael around Glen Abbey since he and playing partner Derek Fathauer posted two of the top five scores for the day combining for a remarkable -13.  The pairing brought back memories of the 2007 US Amateur when Derek and Michael played each other in the quarterfinals.  Michael beat Derek 5 and 4 that day and went to finish runner up to Colt Knost.  In today's "rematch", Derek earned bragging rights beating Michael by a single shot.

Michael will be paired with Robert Streb for Sunday's final round.  They tee off at 12:25pm ET.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

RBC Canadian Open Underway at Glen Abbey

Michael Thompson watches his drive on the 16th hole during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club on July 21, 2016 in Oakville, Canada. (Source: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America)
by Roz Roberts III

The PGA Tour has moved north of the border into Canada for this week's RBC Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey Golf Club.  Michael Thompson started his first round off strong but a few hiccups left him with a par 72 which is tied for 42nd.  

Michael is playing with Jhonattan Vegas and Luke List, who is currently tied for the lead at six under par.  They tee off from the first hole at 12:35pm ET for tomorrow's second round.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Thompson Solid in Rounds 2 and 3

A weather warning is displayed during the third round of the Barbasol Championship at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National on July 16, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (July 15, 2016 - Source: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America)

by Roz Roberts III

After a rough finish to round one at the Barbasol Championship where he double bogeyed his 17th hole, Michael Thompson has found his game and has climbed the leaderboard accordingly.  He is currently tied for 10th after 53 holes.  Round three was halted to due weather and Michael still has to play the 18th hole to complete his third round.

Michael shot an impressive seven under par (64) in the second round and had a stretch of four holes (#13-16) in which he shot five under par.  In his third round, Michael is four under par through 17 holes after making five birdies and a single bogey.  Michael is ten under par for the tournament which has him in a tie for tenth with quite a few players needing to finish their third rounds.

After all of the players finish their third rounds tomorrow morning, groups will be reset for the final round.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Back in Alabama


by Roz Roberts III

After getting an unexpected week off last week due to the Greenbrier Classic being canceled, Michael Thompson and the rest of the PGA Tour members who weren't eligible to play in the Open Championship will be competing in this week's Barbasol Championship in Auburn, Alabama.

Being back in Alabama, Michael will no doubt be hearing "Roll Tide" from the gallery and he might even get a little "War Eagle" ribbing from the Auburn fans.

Michael will tee off in round 1 at 12:31 ET with playing partners Si Woo Kim and Justin Hicks.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Thompson is +13...and Happy About It


by Roz Roberts III

There is only one event on the PGA Tour when being +13 after two rounds is a good thing:  the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada.  Michael Thompson is +13 at the Barracuda and that is good for a tie for 22nd.  Since the tournament uses the Modified Stableford point system, higher point totals will move you up the leaderboard.  After two rounds Greg Chalmers leads with +24.

Michael is fairly high up the leaderboard despite not putting well.  He is 80th in the stokes gained putting stat at nearly -4 for the tournament.  The rest of his game has been downright fantastic as he ranks first in the strokes gained tee to green stat at +7.7 which mean that at this event he has played nearly 8 strokes better than average with his driver and iron play.  If he can find his normal putting form tomorrow, good things are bound to happen.

Michael will be playing with D.H Lee for Saturday's third round.  They tee off at 1:05pm PT.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Barracuda Rewards Agression


by Roz Roberts III

There will be two different events handing out PGA Tour money and FedexCup points tomorrow.  While the bigger name players will be playing in a WGC event, the bulk of the PGA Tour regulars, including Michael Thompson,  will be playing in Reno, Nevada at the Barracuda Championship.

The Barracuda Championship differs from most PGA Tour events because it uses a Modified Stableford scoring system rather than simple stroke play.

The scoring system rewards aggression and uses the following point totals:
Modified Stableford scoring:  
•  Double-Eagle = 8 pts 
•  Eagle = 5 pts 
•  Birdie = 2 pts 
•  Par = 0 pts 
•  Bogey = -1 pt 
•  2+ Bogeys = -3 pts

Michael will be teeing off at 8:28am PT from the tenth hole with Arjun Atwal and Ben Curtis.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Hanging Tough in D.C.

Michael Thompson plays a shot from the 14th tee during the first round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club on June 23, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland.  (June 22, 2016 - Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)
by Roz Roberts

After a triple bogey 7 on his second hole of the day at the Quicken Loans National, Michael Thompson found himself at the bottom of the leaderboard early on Thursday.  But from that point forward Michael wouldn't card another over par hole.  He made three birdies and had a lot of other birdie chances and finished the day at even par right about where the cut line will fall.

He'll look to improve upon that during Friday's second round.  He tees off at 12:36pm ET.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Thompson Teeing it Up at Congressional This Week


by Roz Roberts III

The PGA Tour invades the nation's capitol this week,  The Quicken Loans National gets underway tomorrow at Congressional Country Club.  Michael Thompson will be competing after having last week off.

He will be playing with Chris Stroud and Kyle Reifers.  They will tee of from the tenth hole at 7:36am ET.  Tomorrow's forecast calls for thunderstorms so it's entirely possible that weather delays could interrupt the first round.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

It's US Open Qualifying Time!


by Roz Roberts III

Today marks the sectional qualifying stage for the 2016 US Open.  Michael Thompson will be competing in Memphis, Tennessee.  The qualifying will take place over two rounds at the Germantown Country Club and the Ridgeway Country Club.

There are 121 golfers competing for an unknown number of spots.  This is one of the two stronger fields for the sectionals since many PGA Tour players who are competing in this week's St. Jude Classic will be using the Memphis Qualifying as their venue of choice.  The number of spots available gets determined by the strength of the field.

You can follow Michael's scoring at the following link:

Memphis Sectional Scoring

I think scoring will be posted after each 9 holes during round one and then gets updated more frequently during round two.

Update #1 - 7:47am PT
Michael shot one under on the front nine at the Ridgeway Country Club  

Update #2 - 9:12am PT
There will be 10 spots awarded to the Memphis qualifying.

Update #3 - 11:00am PT
Michael finished his first round at two under par.  He carded four birdies and two bogeys.  He is roughly two shots off a qualifying spot so he'll need a solid second round to punch his ticket to the 2016 US Open..

Update #4 - 11:08am PT
Hole by hole scoring is now available.  Michael parred his first hole of the second round (hole #10 at the Germantown Country Club).

Update #5 - 2:42pm PT
Michael is two under with four holes remaining.  He will have to shoot at least three under over those remaining holes to make into the top 10 but he does have one par five to go.

Update #6 - 3:06pm PT
Michael is two under with only three holes remaining.  The cut has moved to six under par so he needs to go four under in his final three holes in order to grab a spot in this year's US Open field.


Update #7 - 7:21pm PT
Michael finished at two under and tied for 34th.  He was four shots from making the playoff.  He will now focus on this week's St. Jude Classic.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Thompson WIll Try to Get On Track At Quail Hollow

by Roz Roberts III

After a couple of rough weeks on the PGA Tour grind which resulted in back to back missed cuts, Michael Thompson will look to get back on track at this week's Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Michael will tee off from the first hole at 7:20am ET Thursday morning with playing partners Kyle Stanley and Roberto Castro.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Mo' Derailed by a Pair of Double Bogeys



by Roz Roberts III

A pair of double bogeys conspired to stall the momentum Michael Thompson had gathered in his first round at the Puerto Rico Open.  Ultimately Michael carded a two over par 74 and is two under par (T40) after 36 holes.

This marks Michael's 9th made cut in 11 events for the 2015/2016 PGA Tour season.

For Saturday's thrird round, Michael is paired with Hiroshi Iwata and they will tee off from the first hole at 9:18am ET.


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Another Strong Start - This Time in Puerto Rico

Michael Thompson tees off on the third hole during the first round of the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach on March 24, 2016 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.  (Source: Marianna Massey/Getty Images North America)

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson started the Puerto Rico Open with a bang - posting a four under par 68 (T14).  The round was highlighted by an eagle on the par 5 fifth hole after hitting his second shot from the fairway with his driver to a mere 15 feet.  He also carded five birdies along the way in blustery conditions.

Starting tournaments strong is nothing new for Michael this year.  In fact, he currently leads the PGA Tour in round one scoring average with a stellar 67.60.

He will look to keep the momentum going in Friday's second round when he tees of at 11:50am ET.  He will be grouped with Jhonattan Vegas and Scott Pinckney.


Video

Michael Thompson interview after Round 1 of Puerto Rico Open


Following an opening-round 68, Michael Thompson reflects on his play in the 2016 Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach.

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Michael Thompson takes his shot out of the bunker on the second hole during the first round of the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach on March 24, 2016 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.  (Source: Marianna Massey/Getty Images North America)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thompson Shines In Florida

Michael Thompson of the United States lines up a putt on the fourteenth green during the first round of the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa - Champions Course on February 25, 2016 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America)



by Roz Roberts III

The Honda Classic lived up to its well deserved reputation as a beast in round one.  The PGA National Champion course provided the highest scoring first round of the 2015/2016 season at slightly more than 2 1/4 shots over par.  Despite the difficult conditions, Michael Thompson shined as he posted a spectacular five under par 65 and is currently tied for first with Sergio Garcia.  Whether it's the Bermuda grass, the difficult conditions, or the course just fitting his eye, Michael seems to play well at the Honda Classic.

Michael bogeyed his second hole of the day but carded a bounce-back eagle on the third hole and his round got kicked into high gear.  He followed the eagle with another birdie and ultimately carded five birdies and the eagle against two bogeys.

Michael will look to keep the momentum going in round two when he tees off at 8:15am ET with playing partners Graham DeLaet and Morgan Hoffman.

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Videos


Michael Thompson comments after Round 1 of The Honda Classic


Following his opening-round 65 at The Honda Classic 2016, Michael Thompson talks about how an eagle at the third hole jump started his round.

Michael Thompson tracks in a 30-footer for birdie at The Honda Classic


In the opening round of The Honda Classic 2016, Michael Thompson rolls in a 30-foot putt for birdie on the par-3 15th hole.

Michael Thompson holes 20-foot birdie putt at The Honda Classic



In the opening round of The Honda Classic 2016, Michael Thompson sinks his birdie putt from 20 feet on the par-4 9th hole.

Michael Thompson's approach sets up tap-in birdie at The Honda Classic



In the opening round of The Honda Classic 2016, Michael Thompson sends his 132-yard approach in tight setting up a short birdie putt on the par-4 8th hole.


Photos From Round One



Michael Thompson reacts to his 30 foot birdie putt on the 15th hole during the first round of the Honda Classic.

Michael Thompson of the United States chips to the eighteenth hole during the first round of the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa - Champions Course on February 25, 2016 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Source: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America)




Michael Thompson of the United States hits his tee shot on the fifteenth hole during the first round of the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa - Champions Course on February 25, 2016 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America)