Monday, April 13, 2020

Great News During Times of Uncertainty

by Roz Roberts III

If you've been looking for some good news to make like a little better today here you go.  Golfworld did a nice article on Michael Thompson's growing family with pictures and all.  Just click the picture below to be linked to the whole story!

Also, if you haven't seen it yet, I whole heatedly recommend John Krasinski's SGN shows over on YouTube for other good news stories.  Here's episode one and you can go down the YouTube rabbit hole for the next two (so far).

Some Good News:  Episode 1

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Thompson Finishes in Style

Michael Thompson tees off from the tenth hole on the North Course at Torrey Pines in the Framers Insurance Open.

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson saved his best hole in round one of the Farmers Insurance Open for last.  A solid drive off the tee at the 9th hole on the North course left in a position to go for the green on the par 5 hole.  His approach came up just short of the green in the fairway and his chip managed to hit the flagstick and fall in the hole.  It was an exciting moment that erased a few dropped shots on his back nine and ultimately he finished the day at one under par in a tie for 50th.

Tomorrow Michael and his group will be first off the tee from the first hole at the newly renovated South Course at 9:00am PT.



Online Links
Michael's Scorecard

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Torrey Pines is Now Even Longer

by Roz Roberts III

The South Course at Torrey Pines has always been one of the longer, most difficult courses on the PGA Tour but in preparation for the 2021 US Open, Rees Jones re-designed the South Course adding some bunkers and new tee boxes and the course can now play at a monster 7.765 yards...the longest of any course to host a PGA Tour event.  Starting tomorrow, Michael Thompson and the rest of the PGA Tour will get their first look at the renovations as the Farmers Insurance Open starts.

Michael will play his first round on the North Course which should play as the easier of the two courses although the North Course was renovated three years ago to make it harder as well.  Michael is grouped with Peter Malnati and Sam Ryder.  They tee off at 10:10am PT from the tenth hole of the North Course.

Online Links
Michael's Scorecard

Friday, November 22, 2019

And the Biggest Mover in Round Two Was...

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson used a bogey free seven under par (65) to move up 76 spots on the leaderboard at the RSM Classic into a tie for 34th.  It was the biggest move of the day.  Michael shot one over par in Thursday's first round and was sitting well outside the cut line.  Michael made the bulk of his move up the leaderboard on Friday with a six hole stretch in which he had five birdies.

Michael will be playing his third round with  Chesson Hadley and David Lingmerth.  The trio tees off from the first hole at 9:30am ET.

Online Links
Michael's Scorecard

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Fall Season Ends at Home

by Roz Roberts III

The PGA Tour's fall section is coming to a close this week at the RSM Classic.  For Michael Thompson and the other PGA Tour professionals that call Sea Island, Georgia home the last travel of the season  will be a breeze.  The RSM Classic utilizes both the Seaside and Plantation  courses at  Seas Island Resort.

Michael will be playing the first two rounds with JJ Henry and Scott Brown.  They start their first round at 10:35ET from the tenth hole of the Seaside Course.

Online Links
Michael's Scorecard

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Thompson Climbs Into the Top 10

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson followed his second round 68 at the Safeway Open with another one on Saturday and he's now tied for 9th heading into Sunday's final round. Sitting at nine under par for the tournament he is  five shots off the lead of Cameron Champ. 

Michael's third round was highlighted by an eagle on the par five 16th hole (see video above) and his day might have been one shot better if his birdie put on the 18th hole had decided to fall in the hole rather than lipping out.  Michael managed to climb 13 spots on the leaderboard during moving day.

Michael will be playing with Charles Howell III for the final round.  They tee off at 1:10pm PT.

Online Links
Michael's Scorecard
Round Three Recap
Round Two Recap
Round One Recap

Friday, September 27, 2019

New Season Underway in Napa

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NAPA, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Michael Thompson hits on the 11th hole during the second round of the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort on September 27, 2019 in Napa, California. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

by Roz Roberts III

The 2019-2020 PGA Tour season began a mere two weeks after the Fedexcup playoffs.  This week's Safeway Open is the third event of the new season and it's the second event Michael Thompson has competed in.

Michael missed the cut by a single shot last week at the Sanderson Farms Championship although he finished strong making birdies on four of his final five holes.  Michael seems to have carried that momentum into Napa at the Safeway Open as he shot a one under par 71 on Thursday and a four under par 68 on Friday which has him tied for 22nd (-5) heading into the weekend.  Michael's rounds have been propelled by a hot putter.

Michael is paired with Max Homa for Saturday's third round and they tee off at 11:50am PT.

Online Links
Michael's Scorecard

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Playoffs Have Arrived

by Roz Roberts III

The 2018/2019 PGA Tour regular season has come to end.  It is now playoff time.  The PGA Tour playoffs have been shortened to three events from the previous four.  The first event, the Northern Trust which is being held at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Michael Thompson will be competing in the playoffs for the first time in a few years.  He comes into the event ranked 83rd in the FedexCup Playoff points list.  Only the top 70 on the list will move on to next week's BMW Championship.

Michael is grouped with Brian Harmon and Adam Schenk.  They are the first group off the first tee at 7:10am ET.

Online Links
Michael's' Scorecard

Friday, May 10, 2019

Thompson Bogey Free in Dallas

DALLAS, TEXAS - MAY 10: Michael Thompson of USA plays a shot during the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinty Forest Golf Club on May 10, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
by Roz Roberts III

After two bogey free rounds in the 60's, Michael Thompson finds himself in ninth place heading into the weekend at the AT&T Byron Nelson.  Michael shot five under oar on Thursday and three under oar on Friday.  Friday's round was played under more adverse blustery conditions but Michael stayed out of trouble and was able to salvage par each time he missed a green in regulation.

Michael will be grouped with Beau Hossler and Rberto Diaz for Saturday's third round.  They tee off from the first hole at 11:16am local Dallas time (CDT)

Online Links
Michael's Scorecard

Friday, May 3, 2019

NASCAR Podcasting with....Michael Thompson?

Michael sat down with the Glass Case of Emotion Podcast crew for an interview this week at the Wells Fargo Championship.  The podcast normally centers on NASCAR but this week they recorded from Quail Hollow so they talked with Michael and Harold Varner III along with some NASCAR drivers that participated in the Wednesday Pro-Am.

Here's the segment in which Michael sat down and discussed golf, cars, and more.

The full podcast can be found here:  Glass Case of Emotion Podcast

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Thompson Turns Focus to Quail Hollow

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson tees off tomorrow at the Wells Fargo Championship.  The WFC is played at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina and is typically one of the more difficult host courses on the PGA Tour.

Michael is coming off another top 10 finish after he finished tied for 10th at the RBC Heritage.  It was Michael's fourth top 10 finish out of 12 starts on the season.  With over 440 Fedexcup points (good for 58th right now), Michael has solidly secured a top 125 finish for the season which will earn him entry into this year's Fedexcup playoffs and a fully exempt PGA Tour card for next year.

Michael tees off tomorrow at 7:10am ET with playing partners Josh Teater and Denny McCarthy from the first hole.

Online Links
Michael's Scorecard
Michael's PGA Tour Page

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Ready for Moving Day at THE PLAYERS

Michael Thompson watches his tee shot on the 17th hole island green during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship.

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson is in the middle of his most consistent stretch of play on the PGA Tour ever so it doesn't come as a surprise that he made the cut at this year's PLAYERS Championship despite having missed the cut in this tournament in his previous three appearances. He used a great three under par round on Thursday to put himself in good position and followed it up with a one under par round on Friday to ensure his opportunity to play the weekend. He is currently four under par for the tournament and is tied for 29th.

He will play Saturday's third round, also known as moving day, with Justin Rose. They tee off at noon EDT.

Photos from Round Two

Michael Thompson hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship.

Michael Thompson watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship.

Michael Thompson hits his second shot on the 12th hole during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship.

Michael Thompson hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship.

Michael Thompson makes his par putt on the 17th hole during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Thompson's Putter Catches Fire in Florida

Michael Thompson drains his birdie putt during the fourth round of the 2019 Honda Classic.

by Roz Roberts III

After tearing up the West Coast Swing with his ball striking, Michael's putter came alive last week at the Honda Classic.  He rode his flat stick to his fifth consecutive top 20 finish and his sixth of the year in eight starts with a T-16.  Michael was third in strokes gained putting for the tournament gaining nearly 8 and half strokes on the field.

Michael's consistently excellent play over the last few weeks has earned him some nice perks including entry into this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational and he is all but guaranteed a spot in the Players Championship in two weeks.  Technically he is the first alternate in that field but not all of the players ahead of him in the priority list are healthy so he will get into that event based on his current status on the FedexCup points list (41st).  His strong play will also ensure he remains at, or near, the top of the reshuffle list through the Charles Schwab Challenge on May 26 and, in reality, all year long.

He has also almost certainly locked up a Tour card for next year with 380 Fedex Cup points.  Last year the 125th golfer (Seamus Power) had 377 points to secure his 125th spot and the year before JJ Henry needed 365 points to secure top 125 status.  Michael realized the accomplishment and took some time to enjoy it.  Via Instagram he said
It wasn't a win today at the Honda Classic but I locked up my card for next year and the wine still tastes good tonight!

It was also nice to see Michael get some TV time.  Obviously he had won this event before but he's also getting credit for his excellent form since the start of 2019.


Michael Thompson birdies No. 2 at Honda during Sunday's final round

Michael Thompson closes with birdie at Honda during Saturday's third round

Michael Thompson flushes his tee shot to set up birdie at the Honda Classic in the third round

Michael Thompson sinks 27-footer for birdie at Honda in the first round

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Michael is featured over at's Dave Shedloski has written a really nice article on Michael Thompson. In it, Michael discusses the changes he's made in his competitive mentality, diet, exercise and swing. It's really a great article and worth checking out. Here's the direct link:

Monday, February 18, 2019

Thompson Plays His Way Into Genesis, And It Was Very Good!

by Randy Roberts
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One week ago Sunday, Michael Thompson finished T10 at Pebble Beach, guaranteeing a spot at Riviera Country Club's Genesis Open. His solid play continued at the Genesis, finishing the four rounds: -2, -7, +2, -1 for an overall score of -8, T7. That's his best finish on the PGA Tour since 2016.

He was interviewed on CBS after his round on Saturday. He credited his recent success on feeling healthy thanks to a physical therapist who was added to his team for 2019. He also mentioned the importance of routine and consistency in doing practice drills. He commented that his swing coach had been helping him develop a new swing, and that he was happy to finally see some positive results from making that change.

How good is this current hot streak? Here's a few numbers:
  • 6 of 7 cuts made this season
  • 5 of those were top 25
  • 3 of last 4 were top 10
  • Earned his way to the #1 spot on the reshuffle list which means he'll be receiving more tournament entries.
  • Moved up 9 spaces to 40th on the FedEx Cup list
  • Moved up 49 spots to 142nd on the OWGR rankings
  • Already earned more FedEx Cup points as he did in 2018 or 2017
  • Is all but guaranteed a tour card for next year, based on where previous year's FedEx Cup lists had their cut off.
So yeah, it was very good indeed.

Michael's been away from home for quite some time now, so he'll be taking a little time off, but will be back in action at the Honda Classic. I won't be surprised to see him make it onto Rob Bolton's Sleeper Picks for that tournament, if not the Power Rankings. Could the magic of Michael's 2013 Honda Classic win be repeated? I can't wait to find out.