Monday, February 18, 2019

Thompson Plays His Way Into Genesis, And It Was Very Good!

by Randy Roberts
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One week ago Sunday, Michael Thompson finished T10 at Pebble Beach, guaranteeing a spot at Riviera Country Club's Genesis Open. His solid play continued at the Genesis, finishing the four rounds: -2, -7, +2, -1 for an overall score of -8, T7. That's his best finish on the PGA Tour since 2016.

He was interviewed on CBS after his round on Saturday. He credited his recent success on feeling healthy thanks to a physical therapist who was added to his team for 2019. He also mentioned the importance of routine and consistency in doing practice drills. He commented that his swing coach had been helping him develop a new swing, and that he was happy to finally see some positive results from making that change.

How good is this current hot streak? Here's a few numbers:
  • 6 of 7 cuts made this season
  • 5 of those were top 25
  • 3 of last 4 were top 10
  • Earned his way to the #1 spot on the reshuffle list which means he'll be receiving more tournament entries.
  • Moved up 9 spaces to 40th on the FedEx Cup list
  • Moved up 49 spots to 142nd on the OWGR rankings
  • Already earned more FedEx Cup points as he did in 2018 or 2017
  • Is all but guaranteed a tour card for next year, based on where previous year's FedEx Cup lists had their cut off.
So yeah, it was very good indeed.

Michael's been away from home for quite some time now, so he'll be taking a little time off, but will be back in action at the Honda Classic. I won't be surprised to see him make it onto Rob Bolton's Sleeper Picks for that tournament, if not the Power Rankings. Could the magic of Michael's 2013 Honda Classic win be repeated? I can't wait to find out. 



Sunday, February 10, 2019

Another Top 10 Finish!


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson is enjoying his best start to a PGA Tour season.  After a sparkling six under par 66 during today's final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am, Michael will finish tied for 10th.  It's his second top 10 in the two West Coast Pro-Ams this year. As a benefit of the top 10 finish Michael gets into next week's Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club.  He had been the first alternate but now he doesn't need anyone to withdraw in order to make the field.

Michael's round Sunday was bogey free in wet, windy conditions and moved him 26 spots on the leaderboard.  It was by far his best round of the tournament.

On the year, Michael has made 5 cuts in the six events he has played and has four top 20 finishes including two top 10's.  He will be moving up the reshuffle list which should help get him into more events over the next few months on Tour.  The reshuffle list will be reset at the end of the Genesis Open.

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Michael's great approach leads to birdie on the 10th hole during Sunday's final round at the Pebble Beach ProAm

Reshuffle List

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Thompson Continues to Shine in San Diego

Michael Thompson strikes his tee shot on hole #4 at Torrey Pines South during round 3 of the Framers Insurance Open.  Michael birdied the hole.
by Roz Roberts III

For the second week in a row Michael Thompson is threatening the top of the leaderboard on the PGA Tour.  This week, three consecutive rounds in the 60's have Michael ten under par and tied for 11th heading into Sunday's final round at the Farmers Insurance Open.

The weather at Torrey Pines has been ideal with San Diego perfect 70 degree weather and calm winds so scoring has been unusually good.  The South Course has been averaging right around par (72) which is a shot or two better than the last several years.

Michael tees off on Sunday at 9:45am PT from the first hole with Hideki Matsuyama and Scott Brown.

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Michael's Scorecard

Moments From Torrey Pines 

Michael taps in his birdie on hole #3 of Torrey Pines South during Round #1.

Michael plays his second shot on hole #4 of Torrey Pines South during round #1. 

Michael looks over his birdie putt on hole #4 during round 1.

Michael hits his tee shot on hole #16 during round 1 of the Farmers Insurance Open.



Michael birdies hole #18 on the South Course during the Farmers Insurance Open.  He tips his hat to several female spectators who had been demanding that all players "take off their hats!"



Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Thompson Finds First Top 10 of the Season in the Desert

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson finished the Desert Classic with a birdie on the final hole to secure his first top 10 finish of the 2018/2019 season.  In the end, Michael finished tied for 9th at 18 under par.  Michael's final round was up and down for the first nine holes of the day where he had both an eagle and a double bogey over that stretch but he righted the ship on the back nine where he carded four birdies.

Michael will look to carry his momentum into this week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.  He tees off in the first group from the first hole on the South Course at Torrey Pines.  He is grouped with Nick Taylor and Brandon Hagy.  They tee off at 9am PT.


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Michael's Scorecard



Pictures and Videos from Round Four at the Desert Classic
The following videos aren't very good and I take full responsibility for their poor quality but they give some flavor to the tournament so I posted them anyways!



Michael's Tee Shot on the First Hole



Michael's Eagle on Hole #5



Michael's Birdie on Hole #18







Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Heat Wave Continues

Michael Thompson dials in his approach shot during the third round of the Desert Classic
by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson's third round at the Desert Classic was even better than his first two.  He shot a seven under par 65 and is now tied for 5th heading into Sunday's final round at -17 for the tournament.  His seven under par round contained nine (yes you read that right) birdies.  He actually birdied six of his first nine holes to climb the leaderboard early in the day.

Tomorrow's final round will be played on the Stadium Course at PGA West which is the same course he played today.  Michael will be playing with Patrick Cantlay and Steve Marino in round four.  The trio tee off at 10:30am PT.

Thanks to my lovely and generous wife I'll  be making a road trip tomorrow morning out to the desert to cheer Michael on.  I'll try to get some pictures and maybe even a video or two to post tomorrow night.

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Highlights from Michael's third round at the Desert Classic.

Michael Thompson nearly holes out on No. 7 at Desert Classic

 


Michael Thompson gets up-and-down for birdie at Desert Classic

 

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Thompson Heating Up in the Desert

by Roz Roberts III

After posting a really good four under par 68 in the first round of the Desert Classic, Michael Thompson improved on that by two shots in a sparkling second round and is now ten under par and tied for 11th going into the weekend.

The Desert Classic, previously known as the Bob Hope Invitational and the Humana Challenge among other incarnations, is a Pro-Am taking place across three separate courses in the Palm Springs area of California.  A cut is made after the third round when each golfer has played each course once.

On Saturday, Michael will play the host Stadium Course at PGA WEST.  After the cut the Stadium Course will host the fourth and final round.  The good news is that the Stadium Course supports ShotLink data so it will be much easier to follow Michael's third round online as the other two courses don't have ShotLink coverage.

Michael tees off on Saturday at 8:50am PT.

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Michael's Scorecard  

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thompson Back at the Office

by Roz Roberts III

After a bout with the flu kept Michael Thompson off the course for the last couple of weeks, he will be happy to get back on the course tomorrow at the RSM Classic.  The RSM Classic is held right in Michael's backyard in Sea Island, Georgia.  The tournament will utilize both the Plantation Course and the Seaside Course at the Sea Island Resort.

Michael is grouped with Scott Brown and Tom Hoge.  They will tee off tomorrow at 9:40am ET from the first hole of the Plantation Course.

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Michael's Scorecard



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Thompson Set to Play in Mississippi

by Roz Roberts III

** Update **
Michael withdrew from today's tournament due to an illness.

After a short break, Michael Thompson gets back into action tomorrow at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi.  This tournament is being played opposite of the WGC-HSBC Champions event in China.

Michael tees off at 8:02am CDT with Billy Hurley and Parker McLachlin.

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Michael's Scorecard

Friday, October 5, 2018

Sparkling Second Round has Thompson in Second

Michael Thompson plays his shot from the eighth tee during the second round of the Safeway Open at the North Course of the Silverado Resort and Spa on October 5, 2018 in Napa, California. (Source: Robert Laberge/Getty Images North America)
by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson's second round at the Safeway Open was nearly flawless.  He shot a seven under par 65 playing all 18 holes without a bogey.  He is now tied for second heading into the weekend.

After his round, Michael did a live interview with the Golf Channel. If you didn't catch it on TV earlier today you can watch it below.




Michael will be in the second to last group in tomorrow's third round.  He and playing partners Kevin Tway and Sepp Straka tee off from the first hole at 12:20pm PDT.


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Michael's Scorecard
Round Two Recap

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Well That Was a Short Break


by Roz Roberts III

After a "lengthy" one week break, the new PGA Tour season starts tomorrow at the Safeway Open.  Michael Thompson will be competing in the Napa Valley tournament.  Hope you all enjoyed your off-season!

Michael gets to start early in the first round when he tees off from the first hole at 7:20am PDT with James Hahn and Sung Kang.  They are the second group off the tee.  Scattered showers are in tomorrow's forecast.

The Safeway Open is the first of eight events before the reshuffle list gets re-ordered.  Michael still has a chance to improve his status beyond the reshuffle category.  Due to his neck injury in June, he has a minor medical extension of two events.  If he can earn 97 FedexCup points in his first two events this year then his priority will increase ahead of the reshuffle category.

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Michael's Scorecard

Monday, September 24, 2018

Thompson Secures Fully Exempt Card

Michael Thompson poses with his PGA TOUR card after the fourth and final round of the Web.com Tour Championship held at Atlantic Beach Country Club on September 23, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, Florida. (Source: Michael Cohen/Getty Images North America)
by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson secured his 2018/2019 PGA Tour Card after finishing tied for 21st at the Web.com Championship.  He didn't have a particularly strong Sunday round where he shot even par (71) but it was good enough to finish 23rd on the Finals money list and improve his status on tour next year from conditional to fully exempt. 

Michael will be subject to the reshuffle list for the upcoming year and is currently 44th on the list but his ranking won't really matter until after the first reshuffle on November 18th which happens at the conclusion of the RSM Classic.

Michael's Web.com Tour Finals record is remarkable having now secured a PGA Tour card in all three Finals he has competed in.

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Reshuffle List

PGA Tour Card Ceremony (Michael is at the 16:00 mark)



Fun article on the golf program at the University of Alabama:
18 things: Alabama men's golf coach Jay Seawell on his star pupils


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Thompson Makes His Move



Michael Thompson celebrates his birdie on the 18th green during the third round of the Web.com Tour Championship held at Atlantic Beach Country Club on September 22, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, Florida. (Source: Michael Cohen/Getty Images North America)

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson took full advantage of moving day at the Web.com Tour Championship.   Despite making his first bogey of the tournament, he played aggressively and made eight birdies carding a seven under par 64.  He also moved up the leaderboard 14 spots into a tied for sixth place just three shots off the lead.

Michael continued his torrid pace of reaching greens in regulation.  He has now reached 50 out of 54 greens in regulation which leads the tournament.  He picked a good point to be playing his best golf all year and he'll look to finish his year off strong in tomorrow's final round.

He is grouped with Ben Silverman and Roberto Díaz.  They tee off from the first hole at 10:58 EDT.

You'll be able to follow the tournament live on the Golf channel at 1:30 - 4:00PM EDT.


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Michael's Scorecard


Friday, September 21, 2018

Thompson Makes the Cut Bogey Free

Michael Thompson hits his drive on the first hole during first round of the Web.com Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach Country Club on September 20, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, Florida. (Source: Michael Cohen/Getty Images North America)

by Roz Roberts III

At this week's Web.com Tour Finals, Michael Thompson did something I can't remember him doing before.  He completed the first two rounds without a blemish on his scorecard.  Not a bogey.  Not a double bogey.  Not an "other".  He completed the first two rounds with eight birdies and 28 pars.  That's good enough to have him tied for 20th heading into the weekend. 

Michael has hit 34 of 36 greens in regulation which is tied for second in GIR.   He'll look to build on that momentum in tomorrow's third round. He is grouped with Ben Kohles and David Skinns.  They tee off from the first hole at 10:06am EDT.

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Michael's Scorecard

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Web.com Tour Championship Concludes Season

Sept. 16, 2018 - Source: Steve Dykes/Getty Images North America
by Roz Roberts III

This week mark the fourth and final event in the Web.com Tour Finals series.  Michael Thompson enters the event in 18th place on the money list thanks to his sixth place finish in last week's Boise Open.  The top 25 money earners combined from all four events will earn PGA Tour cards for the 2018/209 season.

Michael will be grouped with Jim Knous and Nicholas Lindheim (#17 and #19 on the Finals money list) for the first two rounds.  They will tee off on Thursday from the first tee at 7:25am EDT.  They are the first group of the day.

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Michael's Scorecard

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Thompson Hovering Around the Top 10

Source: Michael Cohen/Getty Images North America
by Roz Roberts III

After each of the first three rounds of the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, Michael Thompson has been either just inside or just outside the top 10 of the leaderboard.  He is currently tied for 11th at ten under par for the tournament and four shots off the lead. 

Michael is actually tied for third in number of birdies for the tournament but has carded at least two bogeys or a double bogey in each of the first three rounds.  He will look to clean up the mistakes and post a strong finish in Sunday's final round when he will be paired with David Hearn.  They tee off at 11:50am PDT.

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Michael's Scorecard