Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Thompson Improving as Season Progresses

The future is looking bright for Michael Thompson
by Roz Roberts III

Much like his entire golf career, the 2011 PGA Tour season for Michael Thompson has been one of slow steady improvement. Thompson finished the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in a tie for 48th place at one under par. The finish marks his second straight tournament "in the money" and improved his best finishing spot by 17 spots.

Thompson shot a 1 over 71 in the fourth and final round on Sunday which was good enough to climb the leaderboard another five spots. The Pebble Beach course was playing well over par for the final round averaging 73.2. Thompson's final round was highlighted by his first eagle as a PGA Tour professional on the par five sixth hole after landing his second shot within 10 feet of the flag stick.

The week also showed improvement in his driving statistics after he hit 69% of the fairways and managed to hit 71% Greens In Regulation. He also drove the ball an impressive 297 yards for the week which is about 15 yards further than the previous two tournaments of the year.

He'll have this week off, but will be returning to action the following week at the Mayacoba Classic which takes place in Cancun, Mexico.

After the Mayacoba Classic, the PGA will re-sort the priority reshuffle list based on the results from the first six weeks of the year. After making the cut in two of his three events so far, Thompson would move up this list by three spots if the reshuffle were to happen today. The higher up the reshuffle list you are , the more events you'll have access to in the future.

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