by Roz Roberts III
If you hadn't been paying attention, you might think Michael Thompson's 2012 PGA season was pretty similar to the one he had in 2011. After all, he managed to make 15 of 25 cuts in both seasons and he only had one more top 10 finish in 2012 than he did in 2011 (7 vs. 6).
However, those stats don't really tell the whole story. Michael took a lot of positive steps forward in 2012 and none was bigger than his second place finish at the US Open. He played in much bigger events in 2012 than 2011 including the US Open, the Open Championship, the Players Championship and he was still able to consistently make cuts. He also improved 41 spots on the Fedexcup Points list and made nearly 50% more money than his rookie season.
Looking forward, 2013 will be an exciting year for those of us following Michael as he looks to take even more steps forward into the upper echelons on golf's biggest tour. This year, Michael has already locked up spots in the Masters and the US Open. In addition, he will be playing in the bigger tournaments for the second or third time so he will be more familiar with the courses and routine of playing these bigger PGA Tour events.
Will Michael find a way to hoist a first place trophy in 2013? Only time will tell - but I would not bet against it. History has shown that Michael plays well on courses that he is familiar with and there will be far more of those in 2013 than ever before.
Michael will begin his 2013 season this week in Hawaii. His early season schedule will include stops at Torrey Pines, the Phoenix Open, and Riviera.
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