Saturday, February 12, 2011

Thompson Climbing Up the Leaderboard at Pebble Beach

By Randy Roberts and Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson posted a scorching five under par 67 today at the Spyglass Hill Golf Course. The 67 was the third best score of the week at Spyglass, which is averaging 72.613, and it resulted with him vaulting up the leaderboard 41 spaces into a tie for 18th.

For the second day in a row, his play was highlighted by making Greens In Regulation (14 of 18 today) for an impressive total of 31 of 36 GIR so far in the tournament. That type of consistent play meant he was rewarded with plenty of birdie and eagle opportunities. Yesterday, the birdie putts weren't falling but he made up for it today with 7 birdies total. He did particularly well on the par fives, birdying all four of them.

Three golf courses are used this week and the cut will come after the third round so that each player has a chance to play every course. The famed Pebble Beach Golf Links is up next for Thompson where he has a 9:06am PT tee time from hole #10. The Pebble Beach course has been averaging 71.933 for the tournament, so he'll have quite a challenge tomorrow. However, if he can stay in the fairways and keep making those GIRs, he'll have a good chance to make some more noise on the leaderboard over the weekend.

For those of you following along on the Internet, tomorrow's round comes with  an extra bonus:  the Pebble Beach course is covered by shot Tracker, so we'll all get a chance to follow the round in more detail.  Also, Pebble is the featured course for the television coverage so you might want to program your DVR now!

The round 3 links of interest are here:

Michael Thompson Shot Tracker
Michael Thompson Scorecard

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