Friday, January 28, 2011

Thompson Posts First Round in the 60's as a PGA Tour Professional

Michael Thompson tees off while caddie Victor Velasquez watches on

Thompson Posts First Round in the 60's as a PGA Tour Professional

By Roz Roberts III and Randy Roberts

Michael Thompson got off to a great start at this week's Farmer's Insurance Open posting a very solid 69 on the difficult Torrey Pines South course. The round was good enough to put him in a tie for 22nd. Tomorrow Michael will be playing the North course which has been playing about two shots easier than the South. Today's round was his first round in the 60's during his young 2011 PGA Tour career.

Micahel jumped up the leaderboard early with back to back birdies on the third and fourth holes.  His round wasn't all smooth sailing, however. He got into trouble on the 5th but had his "Save of the day" by holing a 15 foot chip from the rough to save par.

He got into trouble again on the 7th hole when his tee shot went way left of the fairway and the ball landed near a hospitality tent, or as the shot tracker called it "297 yards to unknown". A rules official was called in for an official ruling and he was able to get a free drop since the tent was a non-permanent structure. Then, from the lands unknown left of the fairway, he had a nice shot to the green, 50 foot short of the hole, but close enough to save par with a two putt.

After a par on the 8th, Michael drained a nice 21 foot putt for a birdie on 9 which was probably his "Putt of the day". The birdie wrapped up a very nice front nine at three under par with three birdies and no bogeys.

The back nine started off solidly with a par on 10 followed by a great tee shot on the par 3 11th hole that landed 8 feet from the hole. He made the putt, putting him at -4 and again right at the top of the leaderboard.

The par 5 13th hole proved to be difficult today as Michael's tee shot went far right of the fairway into some less traveled rough. Rather than laying up, Michael went for the green but came up short landing in a greenside bunker. As the ball landed in the bunker Michael was characteristically calm and simply said..."oops". He chipped out of the bunker to leave himself a 33 foot putt for birdie which he just missed and he tapped in for par.

Michael's lone bogey for the day came on the very difficult 14th hole when his tee shot went into the right rough and then proceeded to get run over by a golf cart. A rules official was once again called in and Michael received a free drop. His iron shot from the rough flew the green and produced an unplayable lie. After he took a drop he managed to make bogey. The other golfers in his group, Michael Putnam (+4), and Brendan Steele (-2) also made bogeys on 14.

Michael finished up his round with four solid pars and carded a three under par 69 which was just two shots off the best round of the day on the South course posted by three golfers including John Daly and Phil Mickelson.

Michael tees off from the 10th hole of the North course tomorrow at 10:20am PT.

We'll be out there again tomorrow. Make sure to follow us on twitter if you want quick summaries of the holes as they happen.

As usual, here are the scoring links to follow Michael's round via the Internet:

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