|Hole 6 on the North Course features a gigantic drop from an elevated tee|
Michael had a large contingency of family and friends following him at Round 2 of the Farmers Insurance Open. By my count he had 18 people with direct connections: his wife Rachel, 4 cousins, 2 cousin's kids, 1 aunt, his team from Wednesday's pro-am, his caddie's wife and two kids along with her parents and aunt and uncle. After each birdie, hearty "Roll Tide"s were given out which were returned with a good smile each time. Unfortunately, there just weren't enough of those birdies to get Michael past the cut line. In the end he had 5 birdies and 3 bogeys to end at -2 for the day, +3 overall.
Playing the north course in round 2, increased wind kept the scores higher. Missed fairways was the biggest factor for the day, as he putted better than the earlier round. He had some excellent approach shots to the green, one of which almost holed out from about 100 yards and was his best shot of the day.
In the end it just wasn't meant to be though. Despite not making the cut, those of us who were there to watch had a great time. I definitely recommend you make it out to a tournament if you get a chance. Your next shot to do so is next week in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Following a one week break after that, Michael will be playing at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. It would be a great opportunity for all of you Michael Thompson fans in the Los Angeles area (we know there's a bunch of you) to head out and watch him play.