Saturday, February 12, 2011

Thompson Makes His Second Straight Cut

Overlooking Hole #9 at Pebble Beach

By Randy Roberts

Round 3 Recap
Michael Thompson survived the difficult Pebble Beach Golf Course today and slipped in under the cut line shooting a 75 (+3). He ended up with a 54 hole total of 2 under par which was the minimum needed to play the final round tomorrow. This marks the second straight tournament that Thompson has made the cut.

Things were tense heading down the stretch, as Thompson made a double bogey on hole #4 which put him one shot over the projected cut line with five holes to play. He bounced back on hole #6 with a birdie which left him on the money side of the cut line. Things got interesting again on his last hole of the day (hole #9) as he drove his tee shot into the left rough and his second shot landed in a sand trap fronting the green. A 24' wedge shot from the sand left him within 3' of the hole, and he went on to make par for the sand save and, more importantly, to make the cut.

Due to the unusual format for the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, only the low scoring 60 professionals plus ties get to play the final round in order to leave space for the top 25 amateurs who also get to play tomorrow. This is the only pro-am tournament on the PGA schedule that amateurs actually get to play during the final round. Although only the top 60 players continue on, the top 70 players plus ties earn cut money and Fedex Cup points.

Sunday's fourth and final round will be played at the Pebble Beach Golf Course. Michael Thompson will tee off from the tenth hole at 8:56am PT.

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