Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Memorial Tournament is Providing a Tough Test

by Roz Roberts III

During the first round of the Memorial Tournament, Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Village Golf Course provided a tough test of golf.  Difficult pin placements along with super fast greens measuring up to 14 on the stimp meter lead to high scores throughout the day.  Michael Thompson ground out a two over par 74 and is currently tied for 70th.  Michael's round included four birdies, four bogeys, and a double bogey.  Overnight and morning rain should slow the greens down a bit for the second round.

Despite the tough round and difficult finish in which he bogeyed his final two holes, Michael sounded upbeat at the end of the day.  On Twitter Michael said

Considering my poor display of ball striking, I felt like I played pretty well.  I had a great practice session after my round and I'm excited for tomorrow! Gonna finish strong this time.

Tee Times
Michael will once again be paired with Brandt Jobe and Cameron Tringale.  The group will tee off from the first hole at 7:31am ET .

Video Coverage
As usual, the Memorial will be covered by the Golf Channel from 3pm-6pm ET but in addition to the Golf Channel, the PGATour.com's Live@ streaming coverage will be online from holes #12 and #15.   The Live@ coverage will carry video of each player through those two holes.  If you want to see what the coverage looks like you can view Michael's birdie on hole #15 below.

Online Scoring Links
Leaderboard
Michael's Scorecard
Michael on ShotTracker
Michael's Group on ShotTracker
 
Video
The following video is a poor representation of what you can see on the PGATour.com's Live@ coverage.  Sorry for the poor quality video and audio but it was taken from my phone (beggars can't be choosers!).

video

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