by Randy Roberts
Starting off the day with three consecutive bogeys was probably not what Michael Thompson had envisioned, but he didn't let that deter him. A single birdie paired with two additonal bogeys had him finishing the front nine at four over par. He finally hit his groove on the back nine with five pars in a row, and then he got hot, finishing the day birdie, par, birdie, birdie. Even more impressive was the fact that he scored two under par on the three hole stretch known as "The Snake Pit", which the rest of the field averaged an aggregate +0.5. That pushed his strokes gained putting stat for the day up to 2.141.
On Friday, Michael will again be paired with Darren Clarke and Stuart Appleby. They tee off from the first hole at 8:40 ET.
Michael on Shot Tracker
Michael's Group on Shot Tracker