For the second time in three weeks, Michael Thompson is facing a US Open golf course under US Open conditions. This week, instead of the actual US Open, Michael is competing in the AT&T National at the Congressional Country Club. Dry, hot conditions have the course playing harder than it did during last year's US Open when Rory McIlroy won with a score of 16 under par after rain softened the course considerably. This year, Congressional is under a heat wave and it is punishing the field.
In today's first round, Michael posted a four over par 75 which has him in a tie for 76th. After his round, Michael said
My score today wasn't all that bad considering the conditions. It's playing like a U.S. Open. I think these are the conditions that the USGA wanted last year.When Michael tees off at noon on Friday, the temperature is expected to be near 100 degrees. Michael said
The heat is going to affect a lot of players. It's hot, especially when you're wearing these pants. I've been living in the South long enough to where I should be used to it, but it does sap your energy. You definitely have to drink a lot of water. I probably drink a bottle of water every two holes.Michael tees off from the first hole at 12:00pm ET with Tom Pernice Jr. and Sung Kang.
The quotes in this post were taken from an interesting article on ESPN.com. You can find the whole thing here:
Congressional Playing Like Fifth Major
Michael on ShotTracker
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