Friday, July 11, 2014

Quick Start has Thompson Tied for 36th


Michael Thompson got off to a fast start at the John Deere Classic in the first round today when he recorded three straight birdies on holes #2 through #4 reaching three under par after just four holes.  Unfortunately, Michael wasn't able to sustain that torrid pace and ultimately finished the first round at two under par and is currently tied for 36th.  He will tee off in the second round at 1:45pm ET on Friday with Steven Bowditch and Charles Howell III.

Online Links
Leaderboard
ShotTracker Leaderboard
Michael on ShotTracker
Michael's Group on ShotTracker

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

One More Spot Available for the Open Championship at the John Deere


Last week, Michael Thompson fell one shot short of grabbing a spot in the Open Championship with his T11 finish.  This week at the John Deere Classic there is one more spot up for grabs.  Michael will be playing with Charles Howell III and Steven Bowditch for the first two rounds.  They tee off their first rounds from the first hole at 8:30am ET.

Online Links
Leaderboard
ShotTracker Leaderboard
Michael on ShotTracker
Michael's Group on ShotTracker


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Oh So Close!

Michael Thompson tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Greenbrier Classic at the Old White TPC on July 6, 2014 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  (July 5, 2014 - Source: Jon Durr/Getty Images North America)

There's no doubt that Michael Thompson had a great week at the Greenbrier Classic as he finished the week tied for 11th.  But he came oh so close to punching his ticket for the Open Championship in two weeks.  Four spots were up for grabs and Michael came a single shot short of grabbing one of them.  He'll compete next week at the John Deere Classic where one more spot is available.

After his round Michael tweeted
1 shot away from qualifying for The Open today. #heartbreak One more chance next week.
Despite coming up short for an Open Championship spot, his T11th finish marks Michael's seventh top 25 finish out of 19 events on the year.  In fact, all seven of his top 25 finishes were actually top 20 finishes.  He only has one top 10 finish on the year but he's finished tied for 11th twice.  He's also made 14 out of 19 cuts on the year.

He is now ranked 88th in FedexCup points.  When the playoffs start on August 21st, the top 125 on the FedexCup points list earn their way into the first playoff event, the Barclays.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Thompson Does Some Serious Moving on Moving Day

Michael Thompson acknowledges the crowd after finishing the 18th hole during the third round of the Greenbrier Classic at the Old White TPC on July 5, 2014 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.   (July 4, 2014 - Source: Jon Durr/Getty Images North America) 



Michael Thompson made the most of his moving day by posting a field leading six under par 64 and moved up the leaderboard 31 spots and is currently tied for fourth.  He played a nearly flawless round with his lone blemish coming on the first hole where he missed a 23 inch par putt for his lone bogey on the day.  After that his round was highlighted by an eagle on hole #12 and five birdies including a birdie on the par 3 18th hole.

Tomorrow, Michael will be trying to grab an autonomic invitation into the Open Championship.   Spots for the top four golfers (and ties) who aren't already in the field will be given a berth into the third major championship of the year.

He will be playing in Sunday's penultimate group with Kevin Chappell.  They tee off at 1:55pm ET.

Online Links
Leaderboard
ShotTracker Leaderboard
Michael's Group ShotTracker
Michael's ShotTracker

Round 4 TV Coverage
Golf Channel   1:00-2:30 pm ET
CBS   3:00-6:00 pm ET

Videos





Post Round Interview with TheRegisterHerald.com

Friday, July 4, 2014

Thompson Goes Bogey Free for the First Round

Michael Thompson tees off on the seventh hole during the first round of the Greenbrier Classic at the Old White TPC on July 3, 2014 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
 (July 2, 2014 - Source: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America) 

Michael Thompson got off to a great start at the Greenbrier Classic yesterday as he posted a four under par 66 without a single blemish on the scorecard.  He played solid all day hitting 11 out of 14 fairways and 14 out of 18 greens in regulation.  He also had a great day on the greens where he was +2.096 in strokes gained putting.

He'll look to keep things going today when he tees off with Ben Curtis and Darren Clarke at 12:40 pm ET.  The group will start on the first hole.

Leaderboard
Michael's Group ShotTracker
Michael's ShotTracker

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thompson Back in Action at the Greenbrier



Michael Thompson returns to the PGA Tour this week at the Greenbrier Classic. He's grouped with Darren Clarke and Ben Curtis and has already teed off in round 1.

Leaderboard
Michael's Group ShotTracker
Michael's ShotTracker

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Thompson Invitational Wraps Up Tomorrow

The Third annual Thompson Invitational wraps up tomorrow.  With the Thompson Invitational, Michael has tried to put together a great junior golf tournament that allows Arizona junior golfers a great venue to hone their skills and advance to national tournaments.



Interview with Michael
Tucson News Now

Local Tucson News Coverage
Thompson tees off junior tourney
Thompson Invitational on AllSportTucson.com

Third Annual Thompson Invitational Starts Today


Michael Thompson is in Tucson, Arizona this weekend to host the Third Annual Thompson Invitational.   The tournament is put on by the Junior Golf Association of Arizona and is limited to a field of 60 golfers between the ages of 13 and 18.  Their will be both Boys and Girls divisions.

Good luck to all those participating!

Thompson Invitational Info

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Travelers Starts Today


Michael Thompson will be playing at the Travelers Championship this week.  He tees off at 12:40pm ET with Stuart Appleby and Kyle Stanley.  Here are all the links you'll need to follow Michael's round online.

Online Links

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Washed Out

Friday washed away.  Photo via @PGATOUR on Twitter
by Roz Roberts III

After a short rain delay interrupted Thursday's first round at the Fedex St. Jude Classic, darkness fell before it could be completed.  As a result, Friday's second round started late and than a major rain storm halted play for round two at 1:03pm CT.  Michael Thompson was scheduled to tee off at 1:10pm so his golf day only consisted of a warm up session.  He'll hope to start start round 2 at 7:10am CT on Saturday morning with playing partners Kevin Streelman and Charles Howell III.

Michael is currently even par and is tied for 56th which is where the cut currently sits with roughly half the field through most of their second rounds.

Online Links
Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard
ShotTracker Leaderboard
Michael on ShotTracker
Michael's Group on ShotTracker

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Little Golf in Memphis


After failing to qualify for the US Open earlier this week, Michael Thompson has put his focus and energy into getting ready for this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic being held at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.

Michael will be grouped with Kevin Streelman and Charles Howell III for the first two rounds.  They tee off Thursday morning at 7:40am CT (8:40am ET) from the first hole.

Online Links
Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard
ShotTracker Leaderboard
Michael on ShotTracker
Michael's Group on ShotTracker





Sunday, June 1, 2014

From the Memorial to US Open Sectional Qualifying

by Roz Roberts III

After Friday's rough day on the greens, Michael Thompson righted the ship at the Memorial Tournament and shot a couple of steady, if not spectacular, rounds over the weekend to finish in a tie for 37th.

Monday brings one of the most exciting day in the golfing calendar as nearly half the field of this year's US Open at Pinehurst will be filled at sectional qualifying tournaments across the country.  Michael will be competing at the Columbus, Ohio venue where 120 golfers will compete for 16 spots.  Golfers will compete in two rounds at two different courses.  The Columbus qualifier will utilize the Brookside Golf & Country Club and Scioto Country Club.  Michael will be playing alongside Colt Knost and Cameron Percy.

The Columbus qualifier will be posting scores after the front and back nines of the first round and then live hole-by-hole scoring will be posted for the second round.

Online Scoring
Columbus Ohio Sectional Qualifier Leaderboard

Info on US Open Sectional Qualifying
US Open Sectional Qualifying Storylines (including number of spots available at each venue)

Video of Michael's Birdie Bomb on Hole #18 on Saturday

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Thompson's Day is All Wet

Michael gets wet to hit his third shot on the par 5 11th hole Friday at the Memorial.

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson's second round at the Memorial Tournament won't be making his year end highlight reel.  He shot a four over par 76 and dropped into a tie for 48th.  The day got off to a rough start when Michael tried to layup on the par five, eleventh hole which was his second hole of the day.  Unfortunately, as seen in the picture above, the layup found the creek bank short and right of the fairway.  Rather than taking a penalty, Michael played his third shot off the bank but that shot came up short of the green and was completely swallowed by the same creek.  He went on to bogey that hole.  It was the first of four bogeys and he also had a double bogey.

The round wasn't without its highlights such as his 144 yard approach on hole #14 that he hit to within 14 inches of the hole.  But the highlights were too few and far between as putt after putt would not drop.  Michael went on to record a -4.483 strokes gained putting.

Tomorrow, Michael will look to get his putter back on track when he tees off with Matt Kuchar at 8:37am ET from the first hole.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

'All‑In‑All a Great Day'

DUBLIN, OH - MAY 29: Michael Thompson hits his second shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson's day didn't start off as well as it finished.  Early, he 'didn't have the best warm‑up session' as he got ready for his first round at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.  Then his first tee shot found the rough left of the fairway.  He had to lay up short of the green for his second shot and eventually he was looking at an eleven foot putt for par.  He made the par save and from that point on it was all systems go.
I managed to make a good save on 1 that just kind of got the round going, and then from there on I had eight birdie chances on the front nine inside 15 feet.  It didn't seem like I could miss a shot. I missed a few little short putts, but turned it 4‑under.  And just all‑in‑all a great day.  A little hiccup on 17, but I can't be too disappointed.
At the end of the day Michael was sitting at five under par tied for fifth.  He sits four shots off Rory McIlroy's lead but just a single shot back from second.  He tees off from the tenth hole tomorrow at 1:27pm ET with playing partners D.A. Points and Russell Henley.

When he was asked why Muirfield matches his game so well, Michael said
I like to play a fade.  That's what Jack was known for, and a lot of his course designs fit that type of golf shot.  So visually it just appeals to me.  It's obviously in great condition.  The greens are fast.  I love fast greens.  Putting is my strength, and that's what I rely on.  And when you get really fast greens, it allows me to kind of go out there and do what I do best.  So this is one of my favorite events.  And to shoot a round like today on this golf course is special.

Videos from Round 1

Post Round Interview


Birdie on Hole #11



Online Links
Live @ Streaming Coverage from Holes 11 and 16

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Visit to Jack's Place

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson will be making a visit to Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Village this week at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.  He will be looking to build on last week's T10th finish at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.  It was his first top 10 finish on the year.  On the year, Michael has made 11 of 15 cuts and notched six top 25 finishes which matches his total number of top 25 finishes from all of last year.  Michael finished last year's Memorial tied for 8th.

Michael will be grouped with Russell Henley and D.A. Points for the first couple of rounds.  They will get round one started on Thursday morning at 8:37am ET from the first tee.