Friday, March 29, 2013

First Round Roller Coaster Ride for Thompson

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson's first round par 72 at the Shell Houston Open was anything but boring.

Michael got off to a fast start with three birdies in his first six holes including back to back birdies on holes #12 and #13.  In the span of the next eight holes, Michael would go from near the top of the leaderboard to near the bottom.  He made consecutive bogeys on holes #17 and #18 and things got really ugly with consecutive double bogeys on holes #4 and #5.

If you know Michael, you know that giving up at that point was not an option.  He rallied with three birdies over his final four holes and had managed to climb back to even par 72.  He is currently tied for 64th and he'll be looking to carry the momentum of his final holes into tomorrow's second round.

As you would expect with a round that had six birdies, two bogeys, and two double bogeys, Michael's stats were a mixed bag except for his putting stats which were off the charts.  His Strokes Gained Putting was +3.541 which ranked third for the round and his putting average was a mere 1.455.

Round 2 Tee Time
Michael will once again be playing with Russell Henley and John Merrick.  They will be teeing off from the first hole at 1:00pm ET.  The group should be featured in the television coverage on Golf Channel tomorrow from 4:00 - 7:00pm ET.

Online Links
Michael's Scorecard
Michael on Shot Tracker
Michael's Group on Shot Tracker

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