Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thompson Bounces Back at Sony Open

A day after a very tough first round, Michael Thompson posted his first under par round as a PGA Tour professional.  He managed to shoot  a one under par 69 for the round, notching three birdies and two bogeys along the way.  His round was highlighted by a 29 foot birdie putt on the par 3 eleventh hole and a 122 yard second shot on the par 4 sixteenth that he hit to within 39 inches  leading to his second birdie of the day.  Despite today's bounce back, Michael still missed the cut and so his 2011 Sony Open has officially come to an end.

Next, he will be hopping on a plane and heading to Palm Springs where he is currently listed as the fifth alternate at the Bob Hope Classic.  The field at the Bob Hope is only 128 players deep, unlike this week's field of 144, which is why Michael didn't automatically get in with his current rookie status.   He, along with nine other golfers, will wait and see if enough competitors drop out to open up a spot in the field.

The Bob Hope Classic is an unusual tournament in that it is a five rounds rather than the usual four.   That means the tournament starts on Wednesday so Michael will know fairly early in the week if he'll be playing in Palm Springs or headed south to San Diego to start practicing for the Farmer's Insurance Open at Torrey Pines which starts on January 27th.

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