Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Thompson Playing in John Deere Classic This Week


by Roz Roberts III


Life has gotten in the way so we haven't posted recently to ThompsonTide lately so here's a summary of what you've missed in the last month in one paragraph or less:

Michael Thompson was all set to play in one of the US Open Sectional Qualifiers back in June but had to withdraw at the last minute due to a neck injury.  He then withdrew from the Fedex St. Jude Classic right before his first round and decided to skip the Travelers Championship, a tournament he would have normally played.  After another week of rest and recuperation Michael was able to play in the Quicken Loans National where he missed the cut by a shot.  Last week he played in A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier where he had a good first round but struggled on Friday and missed the cut again.  And that brings up to this week where...

Michael will be playing at the John Deere Classic which starts Thursday.  The tournament is played at TPC Deere Run in Illinois and the weather is expected to be nice with highs in the 90's.  He will be grouped with Brian Davis and Derek Fathauer for the first two rounds.  They will tee off from the tenth hole at 12:20pm CDT.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Thompson's US Open Sectional Qualifying Bid Happens Tomorrow


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson and 116 other US Open hopefuls will go through the US Open Sectional Qualifying stage tomorrow in Memphis, Tennessee.  The stage will consist of 36 holes played on two courses over a single day.  This year's qualifying will be played at the Ridgeway Country Club and at the Colonial Country Club (South Course).  There are 11 spots up for grabs.

Michael will be playing with fellow professional Jonathan Byrd and amateur Davis Riley.  They will start at the Colonial Country Club South Course and will tee off from the tenth hole at 8:39am CDT.

As of now (9:30 PDT), Michael's name disappeared from the scoring link.  There are still 117 golfers listed so I'm not sure if he withdrew and someone replaced him in the field or if there is an error on the website.

Update: (10:05 PDT): Michael withdrew from the qualifier due to a neck injury.  He's hoping to get right before this week's Fedex St. Jude Classic  (per Jonathon Wall on Twitter). 

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Island Awaits


by Roz Roberts III

The PLAYERS Championship starts tomorrow and Michael Thompson will be competing in the unofficial fifth major.  The PLAYERS takes place at TPC Sawgrass which is probably best known for the island green seventeenth hole.  TPC Sawgrass provides a stern test for the deepest field of the year to date.

Michael tees off late tomorrow as he and playing partners Patrick Rodgers and Brandon Harkins don't get started from the tenth hole until 2:36pm ET.  They are the last group off the tee.


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Live Coverage from the 12th and 17th Holes



Sunday, April 1, 2018

Mission Accomplished

Michael Thompson hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston. (April 1, 2018 - Source: Stacy Revere/Getty Images North America) 
by Roz Roberts III

Although the ThompsonTide guys have been closely following Michael Thompson's medical extension all year, we haven't been posting much information about it.  Call me superstitious but I didn't want to verbalize anything that might "create a disturbance in the force" which would make Michael feel more pressure than I'm sure he was already feeling.

Coming into this week, Michael had one more start on his extension and he needed 3 more FedexCup points to earn his 2017/2018 full PGA card back.  Basically he had to make the cut as a tie for 68th or better would get the job done.  After a great first round he was set to make the cut, which he did but then an odd thing happened.  A historically large group of 90 players made the cut which meant there was going to be a secondary cut on Saturday.  Michael played well on Saturday and made it past that hurdle as well.  The only remaining hurdle was to finish better than 68th.

Michael had a great round on Sunday and finished tied for 14th.  In fact, Michael was within one hole of finishing inside the top 10 for the first time this year but a bogey on his 72nd hole prevented that from happening.  Despite the bobble at the last, Michael earns a major medical extension which will allow him to set his schedule for the rest of the year since he is now at PGA Tour priority 22 (ahead of the reshuffle list) and he also earns a spot in The Players Championship.

One interesting stat for the week that showed just what a good week Michael had is the greens in regulation.  For the week, Michael finished first in GIR where he hit more than 87% of his greens.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Birdies, Birdies, and More Birdies

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson had himself one heck of a round at the Houston Open today.  He shot a five under par 67 and is currently tied for 10th..  Michael was bogey free for the day and made five birdies.  He also hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation.  His lone missed green was actually just on the fringe of the green.

Michael's second round will get under way at 1:40pm CDT with playing partners Keegan Bradley and Sean O'Hair.

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Michael's Scorecard

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Thomson Back In Action Thursday

by Roz Roberts III

It's been over a month since Michael Thompson has played in a PGA Tour event but starting tomorrow Michael will be in action at the Houston Open.  He tees off at 8:50am local Houston time with playing partners Keegan Bradley and Sean O'Hair.

The Houston Open has historically been the final tune-up before the Masters and as such, the course and the greens in particular are setup very similar to Augusta.  The Houston Open's long time slot on tour may be coming to an end next year as the tournament has failed to find a long term title sponsor and the Valero Texas Open will most likely be taking this slot in the schedule next year.

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Michael's Scorecard

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Torrey Time!!!


by Roz Roberts III

It's my favorite non-major week on the entire PGA Tour schedule and tomorrow can't come soon enough!  The PGA Tour is in my home town of San Diego for the Farmers Insurance Open and Michael Thompson is along for the ride.  And that means, so am I!

The Farmers is played at Torrey Pines Golf Course along the beautiful Pacific Ocean and utilizes both the North Course and the South Course.  Each player with play each course once on Thursday and Friday and after the cut the remaining field will play the South Course over the weekend.

The South Course is annually one of the hardest courses on Tour and is long....really, really long.  And it's length gets even more pronounced if there's a wind coming off the ocean.

The North Course has historically been roughly two shots easier than it's big brother to the South but renovations adding length and re-doing some greens evened out the scoring a bit last year.  It remains to be seen if that trend will continue this year or if the North Course will once again play significantly easier as players get more familiarity with the new greens. 

 Michael will tee off in the first group off the tenth hole on the North Course tomorrow at 9:00 am PT.  He is grouped with Ollie Schniederjans and Anirban Lahiri.


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