Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Torrey Time!!!

by Roz Roberts III

It's my favorite non-major week on the entire PGA Tour schedule and tomorrow can't come soon enough!  The PGA Tour is in my home town of San Diego for the Farmers Insurance Open and Michael Thompson is along for the ride.  And that means, so am I!

The Farmers is played at Torrey Pines Golf Course along the beautiful Pacific Ocean and utilizes both the North Course and the South Course.  Each player with play each course once on Thursday and Friday and after the cut the remaining field will play the South Course over the weekend.

The South Course is annually one of the hardest courses on Tour and is long....really, really long.  And it's length gets even more pronounced if there's a wind coming off the ocean.

The North Course has historically been roughly two shots easier than it's big brother to the South but renovations adding length and re-doing some greens evened out the scoring a bit last year.  It remains to be seen if that trend will continue this year or if the North Course will once again play significantly easier as players get more familiarity with the new greens. 

 Michael will tee off in the first group off the tenth hole on the North Course tomorrow at 9:00 am PT.  He is grouped with Ollie Schniederjans and Anirban Lahiri.

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Michael's Scorecard

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Michael's 2017/2018 PGA Tour Status

Determining Michael's 2017/2108 PGA Tour status
by Roz Roberts III

I've been asked by multiple people over the last six months what Michael's status is for the PGA Tour during the 2017/2018 season.  I'm not an expert on the ins and outs of PGA Tour status by any means (I think you need a PGA Tour PhD to fully understand it all) but here's my current understanding of the situation.

Due to Michael's shoulder injury in June of last year, he was given a 6 event medical extension in the current 2017/2018 season.   I believe the 6 events represent the number of events Michael would have qualified for in the 2016/2017 season if he had not been hurt.  Essentially, Michael is given six events this year to "complete" last year.  If he can earn enough FedexCup points in these events such that his FedexCup point total of the new events, combined with his points he had last year at the point he was hurt, are more than the 125th player on the FedexCup Points List last year then he earns a fully exempt card for 2017/2018.

From his six medical starts, Michael has already used two starts and he earned 49.7 FedexCup points.  He has four more events to earn 37.235 points.  His priority into events is currently based on the reshuffle list where  he is currently 23rd.  If he can make it past the 37.235 point barrier in four events then he will earn his fully exempt card for this year which will give him priority above the reshuffle list.

If Michael fails to earn the needed points in his next four starts he will still have status on tour because he finished 149th on the FedexCup points list last year.

Players who finish 126-150 are granted status in the following year although their priority for entering events is AFTER the players the in the reshuffle list so they are limited for which events they can enter.  They are also granted full Tour Status.

Here are some useful web pages that I use to track all of this:

Medical List
Reshuffle List
2017/2018 Priority Ranking

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Looking Comfortable At Home

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson has been looking like he enjoys his home courses at this week's RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia.  He has posted three consecutive rounds in the 60's (68, 68, 67) and is currently tied for 13th at 9 under par for the tournament.

Michael's third round was highlighted by his driving accuracy after hit every fairway off the tee (14/14).  He carded a three under par round after making birdies on three of his final four holes.  His round was only marred by a single bogey.

For Sunday's final round, Michael will be playing with Johnson Wagner and William McGirt.  They tee off from the first hole at 10:30am ET.

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Michael's Scorecard

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It's a Home Game This Week

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson will be competing this week near his home in Sea Island, Georgia at the RSM Classic.  The tournament will be held on both the Seaside and Plantation courses at the Sea Island Resort.  Each of the courses will be played once and then the tournament will utilize the Seaside Course exclusively for the weekend.  Both courses are about the same length although the Plantation Course is a par 72 while Seaside is a par 70.  This is the last regular PGA Tour event for 2017.

Michael tees off at 10:40am EST and is grouped with Morgan Hoffman and Sung Kang.  The group tees off from the 10th hole on the Plantation Course.

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Michael's Scorecard

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Thompson Will Be Playing the Weekend in Vegas

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson followed up his first round 69 with a second round 70 (one under par) and is now tied for 13th heading into the weekend at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.  Michael continued his trend of hitting greens in regulation and is 33 out of 36 for the tournament which ranks #1 in the field.  Michael's second round was marred by a couple of double bogeys but he still outpaced the field average on Friday due to his consistent play in blustery conditions.

The full field has not completed the second round yet so tee times for the third round are currently unavailable.

Inspired by Michael's great playing, I jumped on a plane to Vegas this afternoon and will be out cheering him on in person.

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Michael's Scorecard

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thompson Perfect in GIR in Debut from Injury

by Roz Roberts III

It's been a while since Michael Thompson played a competitive round on the PGA Tour and he lit up the greens in his return.  In fact, he hit every single green in regulation at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.   That's 18 for 18 if your counting.   He carded a two under par 69 and he is currently tied for 29th with a few golfers still needing to finish round one. 

Any rust from the layoff might have showed up on the greens where Michel uncharacteristically 3 putted three times including his only two bogeys which came fairly early in his round.

Michael and his group are scheduled to tee of at 7:15am PT tomorrow.

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Michael's Scorecard

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Thompson Returns in Vegas

by Roz Roberts III

After rehabing his shoulder for the last several months, Michael Thompson is ready to get back to work.  This week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas will be Michael's first tournament since injuring himself at The National back in June.

Michael will tee off in round 1 at 12:05pm PT and will be grouped with Troy Merritt and Richy Werenski.

Rob Bolton had the following tidbit in this week's Fantasy Insider article on
He (Michael) has six starts on a Minor Medical Extension to earn 86.935 FedExCup points and a promotion to the Major Medical category. He's already secured conditional status, so he doesn't have to ration those starts
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Michael's Scorecard

Monday, September 25, 2017

2017 Thompson Invitational is in the Books

(left to right) Michael Thompson, PGA | Toni St. John | Kendal Todd | Alexandra Quihuis

(left to right) Michael Thompson, PGA | Mahanth Chirravuri | Jacob Goode | Caden Christopherson

This past weekend at the Oro Valley Country Club in Tucson, AZ, Michael Thompson hosted the annual Thompson Invitational junior golf tournament.  The yearly event invites the best junior golfers from Arizona.  On Saturday night, Michael hosts a dinner for all of the participants.

This year's girls winner was 15 year old Toni St. John from Gilbert, AZ while the boys winner was 13 year old Mahanth Chirravuri from Chandler, AZ.  Congratulations to them both!

JGAA(Junior Golf Association of Arizona) Links
Mahanth Chirravuri and Toni St John Post Wins at The Thompson Invitational at Oro Valley Country Club
Thompson Invitational Final Results (Girls)
Thompson Invitational Final Results (Boys)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Thompson Back In Action - Updated 8/31/2017

Embed from Getty Images by Roz Roberts III

Update:  Michael did not tee off with his assigned group although he's not listed as an official WD.  It remains to be seen if Michael will be able to compete in any of the upcoming Tour Finals events.

We look forward to cheering him on once he's fully recovered from his shoulder injury and 100% ready to play (whenever that is)!
According to Rob Bolton on, Michael Thompson has recovered enough from his shoulder injury to compete in this week's Tour Finals.  The first event in the finals series is the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship which is held in Columbus, Ohio.

Michael tees off with Alex Cjeka and Austin Cook at 12:52pm ET from the first hole.

As you might recall, the Tour Finals are comprised of four events.  The top 25 combined money earners in these events earn PGA Tour cards for next year.

Here is the complete excerpt from Rob's Fantasy Insider article:

Returning to Competition
Michael Thompson … Sidelined the last two months with a shoulder injury. He's slated to return at the Tour Finals this week. Even if he doesn't snag one of the 25 PGA TOUR cards up for grabs, he'd open the 2017-18 season with conditional status for finishing 148th in FedExCup points. It might be tagged with a medical extension, too.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

And the Top Men's Golfer from Tucson is...

by Roz Roberts III

If you're reading this then your answer would probably be the same as ours.  No questions asked it's Michael Thompson...right?  Well Greg Hanson from the Arizona Star agrees.  He wrote an article on July 13th documenting his list of the top men's golfers from Tucson and Michael was his #1.   Way to go Greg!

You can read the article by clicking on the picture above.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Thompson Golfing in Hartford

Michael Thompson takes a whack at the miniature golf course at the Travelers Championship.

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson will be playing the Travelers Championship this week in Hartford, Connecticut but before Thursday's first round, he got some putting practice in the Travelers Celebrity Mini Golf tournament.  Putting has certainly been the strength of Michael's game this year as he still ranks 2nd on Tour in the strokes gained putting stat.  Michael has made the cut in his last two tournaments and will look to extend that streak this week.

Michael tees off from the first hole at 12:20pm ET with playing partners Will MacKenzie and Spencer Levin.

Online Links
Article on Mini Golf (with video)
Michael's Scorecard

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Teaming Up in NOLA

by Roz Roberts III

This year's Zurich Classic of New Orleans is trying a new team format this year and Michael Thompson, alongside teammate Tim Wilkinson from New Zealand, have been having success as a duo.  After making the cut on the number (-7), the teammates used Saturday's alternate shot round to make a serious move up the leaderboard after posting a fantastic four under par (68) in blustery conditions.  They moved up 24 spots and are now tied for 8th heading into Sunday's final round.

The final round will be played using a better ball format in which each player plays his own ball like regular stroke play with the better score on each hole being carded for the team.  The weather for tomorrow's round is expected to be bad so play has been moved up to try and get the entire round completed on Sunday.

Michael and Wilkinson will be teeing off at 7:40am CT from the first tee.  They will be playing with the team of Angel Cabrera and Julian Etulain.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Another Two Under In Texas

by Roz Roberts III

For the second day in a row at the Valero Texas Open, Michael Thompson posted a two under par 70 and has climbed into a tie for 17th.   His putter heated up on Friday as he sank three putts beyond 14 feet and ended the day with +1.883 strokes gained putting.

Michael limited his mistakes on Friday as he only had two bogeys.  He also continued his positive trend of producing bounce back birdies as he birdied the par five 14th hole after bogeying the par three 13th hole.  For the tournament, Michael has produced a birdie after 50% of his bogeys (3 out of 6).

Michael tees off on Saturday at 10:40am CT (11:40am ET)

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Michael's Scorecard

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thompson Finishes Birdie-Birdie in San Antonio

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson finished his first round at the Valero Texas Open strong with back to back birdies.  He finished the round at two under par (70) and is tied for 33th going into Friday's second round.  Michael's day was anything but boring as he carded six birdies but he also had four bogeys on the day.

On a positive note, after two of his bogeys he immediately followed up with a bounce back birdie.  Michael also managed to put up some distance with his driver where he averaged 318.6 yards on the day which was second for the tournament.


Michael Thompson's long-range birdie effort at Valero In the opening round of the 2017 Valero Texas Open, 

Michael Thompson drains his 24-foot birdie putt on the par-4 10th hole.

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Michael's Scorecard

Monday, April 3, 2017

Thompson Goes Bogey Free - Again!

Michael Thompson lines up a putt on the second hole during the second round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on March 31, 2017 in Humble, Texas. (Source: Stacy Revere/Getty Images North America)
by Roz Roberts III

For the second time in two days, Michael Thompson posted a bogey free round at the Shell Houston Open and rode the great round to a tie for 12th finish.  Michael shot a four under par 68 in round four and finished the tournament at eight under par.  It was Michael's second consecutive top 15 finish.  He was also the only player in the tournament to go bogey free on the weekend where he finished his final 37 holes without a bogey.

Michael was over +10 in strokes gained putting and finished the tournament in second for that stat behind only the eventual winner Russell Henley.  Michael is now second in strokes gained putting on the PGA Tour for the year.

Michael now has five top 20 finishes on tour for the year.  He used this finish to move up to seventh on the reshuffle list and he is now 82nd on the FedexCup points list.