Sunday, April 3, 2011

Thompson Has "Best Tournament So Far This Year"

by Roz Roberts III
After having what he called the "best tournament so far this year", Michael Thompson has finished in the top 25 in back to back PGA tournaments.  Michael shot 2 under par in his final round to finish the Shell Houston Open at seven under par which was good enough to tie for 24th.  In his last eight rounds on the PGA Tour, Michael is a very impressive sixteen under par!

The greens at the Redstone Golf Club Tournament Course must have agreed with him because he was 2nd in putts per greens in regulation (GIR) and tied for 2nd in putts per round.  He continued his strong putting in the final round which included a 38 foot birdie on the fourteenth hole.

At one point during the final round (roughly 3pm ET), Michael actually climbed into a tie for 12th at 9 under par before a couple of bogeys during the very difficult closing stretch dropped him a few spots.  The leader board was fairly tightly bunched for much of the final two rounds.

Not only will Michael bring home a nice paycheck for the week, but he also will have moved up 13 spots when the reshuffle occurs tomorrow.  His higher ranking on the list will improve his chances to get into upcoming PGA Tour events.

Michael will take a well deserved week off while the Masters is being played and then hopefully get into the field at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, Texas the following week.  He's played in that tournament before, finishing T28 in 2008.

Thanks to Rob Hurst for his tweets from the course during the final two rounds.  You can follow him on Twitter (@RobTheCop1898).

Update: As expected, Michael jumped up to #24 on the reshuffle list.  He also moved up in the Rookie Rankings to #12.

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