Saturday, February 7, 2015

Patience the Key to Thompson's Second Round

Michael Thompson prepares to play his tee shot on the 11th hole of the south course during round two of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on February 6, 2015 in La Jolla, California.  (February 5, 2015 - Source: Josh Hedges/Getty Images North America)

by Roz Roberts III
Michael Thompson fought his way through the South Course at Torrey Pines in the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open finishing his round at one over par.  He is six under par for the tournament and tied for sixth.

His round got off to a slow start after he had back to back bogeys on his second and third holes of the day.  The South Course at Torrey Pines is one of the most difficult and tour because of its length and penal rough.  Michael's dropped shots were the result of missing greens and fairways.

After his back to back bogeys Michael ground out seven straight pars including a nice par save on 17.  He then missed the green on hole number two which lead to a bogey and he followed that with another bogey on the par three third hole after missing the green to the left.  At that point Michael was sitting at four over par for the round.  He didn't panic but instead continued playing calm and steady.

He then had his best stretch of the day when he parred the forth hole and then ripped off three consecutive birdies.  He birdied the fifth hole after a perfect drive and approach that left him inside a foot for a tap in birdie.  He then birdied the par five sixth hole.  His drive on the seventh hole missed the fairway far to the left.  It was the first (and only) time Michael had been outside the ropes in the first two rounds.  He got a free drop to move away from a temporary structure and then hit an amazing recovery shot to 3 feet 8 inches.  He went on to par his remaining two holes.


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Michael birdies hole #6.  His second of three consecutive birdies.

Michael will be paired with Spencer Levin and Marc Leishman for Saturday's third round.  They are scheduled to tee off at 9:30 PT.  However both of the first two rounds were delayed due to early morning fog.

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Michael Thompson lines up a putt on the 13th green on the south course during round two of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on February 6, 2015 in La Jolla, California.  (February 5, 2015 - Source: Josh Hedges/Getty Images North America) 

Michael Thompson plays his tee shot on the 14th hole of the south course during round two of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on February 6, 2015 in La Jolla, California.  (February 5, 2015 - Source: Josh Hedges/Getty Images North America) 





Michael Thompson tees off from the fourth hole on the South Course at Torrey Pines.








Michael reads his putt on hole #2



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