by Randy Roberts
By the time you read this, Michael Thompson may have already teed off in his first major as a professional golfer. In many ways, he's come full circle, as it was at the Olympic Club that he finished as runner up to Colt Knost at the 2007 US Amateur. With the 2nd place finish he earned a spot in two majors: The 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines and the 2008 Masters. He played both as an amateur before he turned pro.
A few years have passed since then, but along with that he's gained a lot of valuable experience which he is looking to put to good use as he plays in his first major as a professional. When he was interviewed by ESPN's Michael Collins he spoke about his memories from the 2007 US Amateur and how he was trying to remember the shots, the good times, and the great golf, all in hopes to be able to continue that positivity this week. He's even staying at the same house as in 2007. As is often the case for the US Amateur, locals volunteered to host players, and Michael had the good fortune to be hosted by a couple that lives on the famed Lombard Street in San Francisco. That couple has remained friends with Michael since 2007 and I presume they invited him to stay with them again. (Michael's not the type to just show on someone's doorstep with his golf clubs and a couple of free tickets to the US Open, although that would certainly work for me if he tried it!)
It sounds like Michael will have a good contingency of friends and family rooting him on this week. The other half of ThompsonTide.com, Roz, is flying up on Thursday along with his family, and my sister Dawn will be attending as well. I also heard that Michael's parents will be there to root him on, as they did at the 2007 US Amateur. Roz will probably be tweeting updates as he's on the course on friday and hopefully saturday as well.
Michael tees off at 7:37 PST along with Colt Knost and Steve Marino.
ESPN: 12:00-3:00, 5:00-10:00
Since this event is not put on by the PGA, there is no ShotTracker this week
However, the USGA does have a "Play Tracker" which is pretty good.