Sunday, April 14, 2013

What a Round!

Michael checks the yardage before hitting his second shot at the par 5 13th hole during the fourth round of the Masters,
by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson had a fantastic Sunday at the Masters.  For the day, he shot a field leading five under par 67 which moved him up the leaderboard into a tie for 25th.  He completed the front nine at one under par after he had two birdies and a lone bogey.  Those two birdies were the first of the week for Michael on the front nine.

Michael's round really took off at Amen Corner (holes 11, 12, and 13).  For the second time, Michael had two birdies through the famous three hole stretch including one at hole #12 which he must love.  For the week Michael had three birdies on the par three 12th hole and he played Amen Corner at five under par with five birdies and not a single bogey.  To put that in perspective, there were two 10's recorded at the 12th hole during the fourth round alone and both the 11th and 12th hole averaged more than .2 shots above par for the tournament.

Michael also managed to birdie the par five 15th hole and the par three 16th hole to card a four under back nine.  The round was a personal best for Michael at Augusta National.

Michael's success came from his game plan and some improved putting
Today my goal was to basically play this course uphill, try and leave myself below the hole every time. And it didn't work all the time, but it made the course a lot easier. Overall I was playing smart golf and then I made a lot more putts today. 
For his efforts on the week, Michael will be leaving Augusta National with a few goodies.  First he'll be leaving with some crystal.  He'll get a pair of crystal goblets for his eagle on Thursday and a vase for having the low round of the day on Sunday.  He'll also be leaving with some positive memories
The greens were a bit more receptive.  It was nice for me to get a good round under my belt on this golf course that hopefully in the future I can continue to build off that, but it definitely made the course more fun - which is what the Masters is all about.
In addition to that, he'll bank around $56K and 42 Fedexcup points so he'll move up to 16th on the Fedex Cup list and he'll be 14th on the money list.  He also moved up to 45th on the OWGR list.

You can watch each of the four birdies Michael had on the back 9 during the fourth round by following the link below.  Once there, select the "Scores and Stats" tab and then click on any of the green circled birdies in round 4.

Masters Round 4 Photos

Michael takes his second shot on the par 5 13th hole.

Michael sits over his third shot on hole #13.

Michael makes his birdie putt on hole #13.

Michael acknowledges the crowd after his birdie on hole #13

Michael takes his third shot at the par 5 15th hole.

Michael watches his third shot on hole #15

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