Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thompson Back in New Orleans


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson tees off in just moments at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.  Although Michael loves New Orleans , the Zurich Classic hasn't been kind to him as he missed the cut both times he played this tournament in the past.  Micheal will look to reverse that trend and continue his fine form that he's shown throughout this year.

Michael will be paired with D.A. Points and Boo Weekly.  They tee off from the tenth hole at 2:00pm ET (1:00pm local time).

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


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Thompson Showing Greater Consistency

Michael Thompson knocks his approach shot close on hole #17 during the second round of the Shell Houston Open en route to a birdie.

by Roz Roberts III

After last year's season of ups and downs on the PGA Tour where he only made 11 out of 22 cuts, Michael Thompson was looking for more consistency entering the 2014 season.  It looks like he's found it.  After shooting a second round one over par 73 at the Shell Houston Open, Michael made his ninth cut in 11 tournaments this season and improved his made cut streak to four events in a row.  He is currently four under par and tied for 18th.

Due to a bad weather forecast for the afternoon on Saturday, the PGA has moved tee times up and players will be grouped in threesomes.  Alternate starting tees will also be used.  Michael will play the third round with Rickie Fowler and Chris Stroud.  They will tee off from the first hole at 8:20am (9:20am ET) local time.

Online Links
Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard
Michael on ShotTracker
Michael's Group on ShotTracker (Coming Soon)
Live Map

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hot Putter on Display in Texas

Michael Thompson got off to a hot start at the Shell Houston Open. He shot -5 on the front nine which found him in first place early on. A double bogey at 10 set him back a little, but two additional birdies on the back nine helped even out the score. He finished the day at -5, T-8th.

Michael will be teeing off at 1:20 pm local time with Sang-Moon Bae and Kevin Streelman.

Online Links
Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard
ShotTracker
Group ShotTracker
Live Map

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Thompson Takes on the Shell Houston Open


by Randy Roberts

Michael Thompson will be taking part in the Shell Houston Open tournament this week. The course is set up to mimic the conditions of next week's Masters so many of the top tier PGA Tour players are taking part to dial in their game.

The Shell Houston Open also marks the half-way point of the 2013-2014 season. So far this season, Michael has made 8 of 10 cuts, 4 of which resulted in top 25 finishes.

Michael will be teeing off at 8:30 am local time with Sang-Moon Bae and Kevin Streelman.

Online Links
Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard
ShotTracker
Group ShotTracker
Live Map

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Thompson Makes Another Cut



Michael Thompson shot +3 in round 2 of the Valero Texas Open, finishing the first two rounds at +1 overall. This marks the 8th cut made out of 10 attempts this year.  He'll be grouped with John Senden and Charley Hoffman for round three which starts at 9:50 am local time.

Online Links
Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard
Michael on Shot Tracker
Michael's Group on Shot Tracker


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fog Delay Doesn't Slow Thompson


by Roz Roberts III

After a two and a half hour fog delay, Michael Thompson finally got his round started this morning and it was worth the wait!  Michael had a great front nine posting two birdies without a bogey.  Ultimately, he finished at two under par which is currently tied for 10th just two shots off the lead.  Play was suspended with about a quarter of the field still needing to finish their first rounds.

Tomorrow's second round will start after the first round is completed in the morning.  Michael and playing partners John Merrick and Charlie Beljan will be teeing off sometime in the afternoon.  AT the moment, Shot Tracker shows Michael teeing off from the tenth hole at 2:50pm ET (1:50pm local time).

Online Links
Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard
Michael on Shot Tracker
Michael's Group on Shot Tracker

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Texas Push To Make the Masters

by Roz Roberts III

It's been three years since Michael Thompson has played the Valero Texas Open but he recently added the event to his tour schedule in hopes of qualifying for this year's Masters.  In order to get into the first major of the year, Michael will need to win this week or next.  Although the odds are long, as they say with the lottery 'you can't win if you don't play', and Michael has opted to play both events.  This week's tournament is being held at the JW Marriott, TPC San Antonio.

Michael will be grouped with John Merrick and Charlie Beljan for the first two rounds.  They tee off from the first hole at 7:00AM ET (8:00AM local time).

Online Links
Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard
Michael on Shot Tracker
Michael's Group on Shot Tracker


Friday, March 14, 2014

Thompson's Putter Leads the Way

by Roz Roberts III

As the saying goes, 'driving's for show and putting's for dough.'

Michael Thomspon is looking to prove the old adage correct.

For the second day in a row, Michael's putter was red hot and it has propelled him into a tie for 12th at the Valpsar Championship.  After shooting a two under par 69 today, he climbed up 33 spots on the leaderboard and he is now one under par for the tournament.

Today, Michael was +2.554 in strokes gained putting and that followed yesterday's +2.137.  For the tournament, Michael is currently 7th in strokes gained putting and tied for 6th in putts per green in regulation.

Michael will look to keep his putter hot during Saturday's third round when he will be playing with Carl Petterson.  They tee off from the first hole at 1:30pm ET.

Televison coverage tomorrow will be split between Golf Channel and NBC.  Coverage will start on the Golf Channel at 1-3pm ET and then will continue on NBC from 3-6pm ET.  While the normal coverage on NBC is going on, the Golf Channel will air "Spotlight Coverage" of holes 15, 16, and 17.

Online Links
Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard
Michael on Shot Tracker
Michael's Group on Shot Tracker

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thompson Tames The Snake Pit



by Randy Roberts

Starting off the day with three consecutive bogeys was probably not what Michael Thompson had envisioned, but he didn't let that deter him.  A single birdie paired with two additonal bogeys had him finishing the front nine at four over par. He finally hit his groove on the back nine with five pars in a row, and then he got hot, finishing the day birdie, par, birdie, birdie. Even more impressive was the fact that he scored two under par on the three hole stretch known as "The Snake Pit", which the rest of the field averaged an aggregate +0.5. That pushed his strokes gained putting stat for the day up to 2.141.

On Friday, Michael will again be paired with Darren Clarke and Stuart Appleby. They tee off from the first hole at 8:40 ET.
Online Links
Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard
Michael on Shot Tracker
Michael's Group on Shot Tracker

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Florida Swing Moves Into the "Snake Pit"

by Roz Roberts III

The Florida Swing portion of the PGA Tour continues this week at the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort.  The tournament at Innisbrook has changed title sponsors over the last few years.  This year's edition is the Valspar Championship.  Michael Thompson and the rest of the PGA Tour players will face one of the toughest three hole finishing stretches of the year known as the 'Snake Pit'.

Michael is paired in an international group this week as he will be playing with Darren Clarke from Northern Ireland and Stuart Appleby from Australia.  They tee off from the first hole at 1:30pm ET.

Golf Channel will air first round coverage from 3pm - 6pm ET.

Online Links
Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard
Michael on Shot Tracker
Michael's Group on Shot Tracker

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Thompson Has Bogey Free Third Round

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson had his first bogey free round of the year as he shot a four under par 68 at the Puerto Rico Open today.  He had four birdies and 14 pars.  He is now eight under par for the tournament and tied for 27th heading into tomorrow's final round.

Michael will be playing his final round with Ryuji Imada.  They tee off from the first hole at 10:53am ET.
Online Links
There won't be any ShotTracker this week as all the equipment is at the WGC event in Miami.

Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard

Friday, March 7, 2014

Strong Closing Stretch Moves Thompson Clear of the Cut


by Roz Roberts III

After his first 13 holes at the Puerto Rico Open today, Michael Thompson was sitting right at the cut line at one under par.  He had managed to play those 13 holes at even par with just one birdie and bogey on the day.  Michael then went on to birdie three of his last five holes including his final two.  That nice stretch moved him to three under par on the day and four under par for the tournament.  He currently is tied for 33rd.

Michael will be playing his thrird round with David Skinns and Brooks Koepka.  They tee off from the tenth hole at 9:35am ET.

Online Links
There won't be any ShotTracker this week as all the equipment is at the WGC event.

Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Next Stop, Puerto Rico


Due to the fact that the WGC Cadillac Challenge is being played in Florida, the PGA Tour is playing a split schedule this week.  Those not playing at Doral, including Michael Thompson, will be playing in the Puerto Rico Open at the Trump International Golf Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Michael will be playing with Harrison Frazar and Jonathan Byrd.  They tee off from the first hole at 7:40am ET.

Online Links
There won't be any ShotTracker this week as all the equipment is at the WGC event.

Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard

Thursday, February 27, 2014

'Two Bad Swings' Lead to Rough Start

Michael Thompson marks down a bogey 6 on his scorecard for hole #3
by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson's title defense at the Honda Classic got off to a rough start today.  Things started going a little sideways on the par 5 third hole when he snap hooked his second shot into the water hazard left of the hole which lead to a bogey.  After a bounce back birdie on the fourth hole he then went bogey-triple bogey before he was able to right the ship.

Michael started a streak of nine consecutive pars which included some of the most difficult holes on the course before he bogeyed the middle hole of the Bear Trap (hole 16).  He finished off the round with a 34 foot birdie putt on the 18th hole which will hopefully have some carry over momentum for tomorrow.  He finished four over par for the round and is tied for 133rd.  He will need a special round tomorrow to make the cut, but Michael has played some special rounds on this course before so it's not out of reach.

After the round, Michael sounded upbeat on Twitter:
'I played a lot better than my score showed today. I had 6 lip outs and 2 bad swings. Lots of positives out there. Excited about tomorrow.'

Tee Times
Michael will once again be playing with Lee Westwood and Robert Allenby.  They will begin round two on the tenth hole at 7:55am ET.

Video
Live@ returns with streaming coverage from the third hole.  Golf Channel will air the first two rounds and then NBC will join Golf Channel coverage for the final two rounds.

Golf Channel - 2pm - 6pm ET
Live @ - 8am-6pm ET

Online Links
The ThompsonTide reviews are in and we have two thumbs down for the new PGATour.com leaderboard.  Our complaints are too long to list but our top three are:  the page takes way too long to update causing scrolling to be painful; the wide lines and small fonts require you to scroll a lot which makes our first complaint even more aggravating; and it is just plain ugly,  We've found it pretty much unusable.

New Leaderboard
Shot Tracker Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard
Michael on ShotTracker
Michael's Group on Shot Tracker
Live Map

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Defense is On

Michael Thompson reacts to his first win on the PGA Tour at the 2013 Honda Classic
by Roz Roberts III

A year in the making, Michael Thompson's title defense of the Honda Classic is finally here.  The title of previous champion has come with a whole host of new responsibilities including a media day appearance, interviews, and even a stint hosting 'Inside the PGA Tour'.  The outcome of many of those endeavors can be seen from all the posts over the last week.  Despite all of the added responsibilities, Michael looks ready for his defense and comes into the tournament in good from posting top 20 finishes in three of his last four events.

The Honda Classic typically boasts the strongest field of year of any regular PGA Tour event.  This year is no exception where the field list is basically a who's-who of professional golfers.  The PGA National course is known for its difficult closing stretch of holes 15-17 known as the Bear Trap.  Water is in play on each of the holes and each faces a different direction so no matter which way the wind is blowing, the Bear Trap is a true gut check.

Weather
If you watched last year's tournament you'll recall that weather, and the wind in particular, play a huge role in making PGA National the most difficult regular tour event all year.  Tomorrow's weather calls for scattered shows and thunder storms with steady winds of 10 mph or greater.

Tee Times
Michael will be playing with Lee Westwood and Robert Allenby.  The international trio tees of from the first hole at 12:55pm ET.

Video
Live@ returns with streaming coverage from the third hole.  Golf Channel will air the first two rounds and then NBC will join Golf Channel coverage for the final two rounds.

Golf Channel - 2pm - 6pm ET
Live @ - 8am-6pm ET

Online Links
If you've logged onto PGTour.com recently you'll have noticed that they completely overhauled the site.  This means that finding things that I used frequently has become sort of a game of hide-and-seek.  For example, ShotTracker doesn't appear to be available yet and looks to have links from the new updated leaderboard rather than its own link in the Scoring tab.

The leaderboard now combines ShotTracker data with the standard scorecard data and its possible that the standalone ShotTracker pages may be unavailable or re-vamped themselves.  We shall see tomorrow since this will be the first tournament using the new interface.

Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard
Michael on ShotTracker
Michael's Group on Shot Tracker
Live Map



Additional Articles
If you haven't had your fill of articles providing interesting quotes or stats on Michael's win from last year, here are a few more.

Stat attack!: Honda Classic preview
How Michael Thompson won the 2013 Honda Classic
Thompson back at Honda after 'disappointing' 2013