Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tour Heads North of the Border



The PGA Tour has moved up to Toronto, Canada for this week's RBC Canadian Open which returns to the Glen Abbey Golf Club.  Michael Thompson will once again be looking to move inside the top 125 on the FedexCup points list and/or the PGA Tour money list.  He currently sits just outside the top 125 on both lists.

Michael tees off from the first hole at 8:00am ET Thursday morning with Charlie Hoffman and Seung-Yul Noh.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thompson Catches Fire on Back Nine

Michael Thompson hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Barbasol Championship at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National Lake Course on July 16, 2015 in Auburn, Alabama.  (July 15, 2015 - Source: Stacy Revere/Getty Images North America)


by Roz Roberts III

After nine holes at today's Barbasol Championship in Auburn, Alabama Michael Thompson sat at even par but then caught fire.  He birdied five of the next six holes and climbed the leaderboard quickly.  He finished the day with a four under par 67 and he is currently tied for 8th.

Friday's second round will get underway early for Michael as he tees off at 7:44am.  The early tee time should allow Michael to miss the worst part of the hot Alabama afternoon.


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sweet Home Alabama



by Roz Roberts III

Let's face it...Michael Thompson is fighting to keep his PGA Tour card for next year.  He currently sits 134th on the FedexCup points list.  By the end of the season only the top 125 on that list will be assured of their card's for next year.   He needs one more good finish to secure his status for next year and this week presents a unique opportunity for him.

The PGA Tour returns to Alabama for the first time since 1990 for the Barbasol Championship while a large chunk of the PGA Tour regulars are in Scotland competing in the Open Championship.  Michael has had success in the Auburn area and he should feel at home being near Birmingham.

In an interview with Tim Gayle (see the link below for the whole article)  Michael said

“I look at it as an opportunity because it’s a weaker field.  There are guys that aren’t playing as much anymore and a lot of guys from the Web.com who are hungry. This is exciting for them, whereas for the PGA TOUR card holders, it’s a smaller event."

“For me, I have to look at it like I’ve got a really good chance of having a good finish. And if I do that, I can vault myself up the FedExCup and the money list as well because both of those are qualifications for keeping your card for next year.”

Michael tees off Thursday at 12:44pm ET with Alex Cejka and Derek Ernst from the first hole.

Full Article from Tim Gayle
Thompson Ready for Barbasol Championship

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

John Deere Classic Underway



by Randy Roberts

Michael Thompson will be looking to make a move in the FedEx Cup list as he plays in the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois.

Michael is grouped with Boo Weekley and Ben Crane and they tee off at 7:50am (Rnd 1) and 1:00pm (Rnd 2).

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Early Start at the Greenbriar


Michael Thompson will get an early start at the Greenbriar Classic on Thursday when he tees off at 7:50am ET with Seung-Yul Noh and John Merrick from the first hole.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Riding Big Mo'

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson will look to continue the momentum he has built up over the last fortnight at this week's Travelers Championship.  Two weeks ago he had his best finish of the year at the Fedex St. Jude Classic and this past weekend he hosted the Michael Thompson Invitational in Tucson, AZ.

Michael will be playing with PGA Tour veterans Stewart Cink and Davis Love III for the first two rounds.  They tee off from the first hole at 12:45 ET on Thursday.


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Monday, June 15, 2015

What a Closing Stretch!!!

Michael Thompson’s great finish at the 72nd hole at FedEx St. Jude
In the final round of the 2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic, Michael Thompson pours in an 18-foot putt for birdie on the par-4 18th hole. 

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson was playing really solid golf at the Fedex St. Jude Classic in Memphis and then exploded with a spectacular closing three holes that propelled him into a tie for 3rd.  He finished his final three holes at four under par closing eagle-birdie-birdie.  The four under par score for those three holes equaled his previous 69 hole score of four under par.  He finished the tournament at 8 under par which was 5 shots shy of winner Fabian Gomez but just one shot short of second place.  It was his best finish of the season.

Michael's eagle came on the par 5 16th hole after he found the fairway off the tee.  His second shot came up 66'10" short of the flag in the fairway but he  holed out for an improbable 3.

The streak continued on the par four 17th hole after his 310 yard tee shot split the fairway.  His approach landed just off the green 16'9" from the hole and he buried the birdie putt.

The final chapter of his remarkable finish came on the par four 18th hole.  In a deja vu moment, Michael tee shot traveled 310 yards and landed right in the middle of the fairway leaving him 143 yards to the hole.  His approach found the green safely avoiding the pin tucked right up against the edge of the green and a water hazard.  He stood over a 18'2" birdie putt and calmly drained it completing the best closing stretch of the tournament.

Michael finished all four rounds in the 60's and the top three finish moves Michael just inside the all important top 125 on the Fedex Cup points list.  He currently sits 124th.

Michael Thompson lines up a putt on the 11th green during round two of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind on June 12, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee. (June 11, 2015 - Source: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America)


Michael Thompson tees off on the 5th hole during round two of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind on June 12, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee.  (June 11, 2015 - Source: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America) 



Michael Thompson prepares to tee off on the 12th hole during round two of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind on June 12, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee.  (June 11, 2015 - Source: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America)


Michael Thompson tees off on the 12th hole during round two of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind on June 12, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee.  (June 11, 2015 - Source: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thompson Has Solid Round One in Memphis


Michael Thompson pours in a birdie bomb at FedEx St. Jude 
In the opening round of the 2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic, Michael Thompson sinks a 32-foot putt for birdie on the par-4 10th hole.


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson shot a one under par 69 during the first round of the Fedex St. Jude Classic on Thursday.  He is currently tied for 32nd.  His round included several long birdie putts and if it weren't for one bad tee shot on the par three 11th hole that came up a few yards too short and landed in the water, it would have been really good.

Michael will be teeing off from the tenth hole with Shaun Micheel and Chesson Hadley at 8:30pm ET.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Thompson Heads South to Memphis


After coming up four shots short of qualifying for the US Open in Rockville, Maryland on Monday, Michael Thompson has moved south into Tennessee to compete in this week's Fedex St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee.

Michael will be teeing off from the first hole with Shaun Micheel and Chesson Hadley at 12:30pm ET.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

2015 US Open Sectional Qualifying Day


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson will be competing in the 2015 US Open sectional qualifying tournament in Rockville, Maryland tomorrow.  He will be competing with 55 other players for a number of spots into this year's US Open and will tee off at 7:36am ET.

The Woodmont Country Club will be hosting this year's qualifying in Rockville just has it has for 28 of the last 29 years.  The sectional qualifying is a 36 hole tournament.  The exact number of spots at the each site hasn't been published yet.

You can follow Michael's round with the following link.  Scores during the first round will only be updated after 9 and 18 holes.  For the second round, scores will be updated on a hole by hole basis.


US Open Sectional Qualifying

Friday, May 29, 2015

Weird Goings on at the Byron Nelson


Michael Thompson hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during Round Two of the AT&T Byron Nelson at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas on May 29, 2015 in Irving, Texas. (May 28, 2015 - Source: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America) - Note the discoloration of the water drenched fairway being used as a tee box.

by Roz Roberts III

Another four and half inches of rain overnight in Dallas has some interesting side effects at the AT&T Byron Nelson today.  The course required a three hour delay to help it dry out a bit and then the PGA Tour determined that the fairway on the par four 14th hole was unplayable.  They decided to put a tee box at the end of the fairway and converted the par four hole into a 105 yard par 3.  The result was that par changed from 70 to 69 between rounds one and two.  This had the weird side effect of breaking the tour's ShotLink system which affected their scoreboard, Shot Tracker, and their new fantasy golf game based on the ShotLink data.

More rain is forecast for tomorrow.  Round two still needs to be completed before the cut is made and groupings are set.

Caddie Matt Hughes mans the flag on hole 4 as Michael Thompson attempts a birdie putt during round two of the AT&T Byron Nelson.  

Despite the weird goings on, Michael Thompson successfully navigated the water logged course and finished the day with a three under par 66.  For most of the day, Michael Thompson was treading water at the AT&T Byron Nelson.  He had an early birdie on the par three fifth hole but he followed with a bogey on the sixth hole.  He then made pars at the next six holes.  After twelve holes, Michael was sitting at even par for the round but was losing ground to the field since scoring was so good.  But that's when his round got going.  He birdied the par three thirteenth hole and then eagled the par five sixteenth.  He finished the round at three under par which has him currently tied for 18th at five under par for the tournament.

Michael Thompson hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during Round Two of the AT&T Byron Nelson at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas on May 29, 2015 in Irving, Texas.  (May 28, 2015 - Source: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)


Michael Thompson takes his second shot on hole #10 during the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Michael Thompson tees off on hole #10 during the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thompson Drops Long Distance Bomb in Dallas

Michael Thompson reacts after sinking a long putt on the 17th hole during the first round of the Byron Nelson golf tournament, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

by Roz Roberts III

An unlikely birdie helped Michael Thompson shoot a two under par 68 at the AT&T Byron Nelson on Thursday.  On the par three seventeenth hole, Michael's tee shot found the green but he was a long way from the hole.  In fact, he was a REALLY long way from the hole after his ball came to rest 84 feet and 9 inches away.  Despite it's distance, Michael's putt found the bottom of the cup for a very unlikely two.

After his two under round, Michael is currently tied for 21st heading into Friday's second round.  He tees off at 12:40pm CT with Jason Dufner and Ryan Palmer on Friday

Videos From Round One

Michael Thompson hits his 52-foot pitch shot to 3-feet then makes the putt for birdie on the par-5 7th hole during round one at the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson.

Michael Thompson birdies the par-4 11th hole in the opening round of the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson.


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Dodging Raindrops in Texas


For the second straight week, Michael Thompson and the PGA Tour will be trying to get 72 holes in by Sunday while dodging Texas rain drops.  The AT&T Byron Nelson will be held at the TPC Four Season Resort in Irving, Texas.  The area is experiencing record rain totals for May and the forecast calls for showers throughout the tournament.

Michael will be playing with Jason Dufner and Ryan Palmer.  They are scheduled to tee off at 7:40am CT.


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Crowne Plaza Invitational underway

Michael Thompson has teed off at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Forth Worth, Texas. He's grouped with Brian Harmon and Steven Bowditch.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

In the Hunt

Michael Thompson glances back at the pin on the 17th green during second round action of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on Friday, May 5, 2015 in Charlotte, N.C. He finished the round at -6. (Charlotte Observer)

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson's second round at the Wells Fargo Championship wasn't spectacular but it was good enough to keep him near the top of the leaderboard.  Michael shot a one under par 71 and is currently six under par after 36 holes which has him tied for 8th.  For the second straight day Michael was solid from tee to green but, as of yet, his normally reliable putter hasn't caught fire.  He'll look to heat it up in tomorrow's third round.

Michael will play round three with Geoff Ogilvy who was in his group for the first two rounds.  They tee off at 1:00pm ET.

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