Friday, April 1, 2011

Thompson Vaults 39 Spots Into a Tie for 30th in Houston

by Roz Roberts III and Randy Roberts
The Shell Houston Open - Round 2 Recap
Michael Thompson compiled 7 birdies on the way to shooting 3 under par at the Shell Houston Open on Friday.  The round was good enough to move up 39 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 30th and to make it inside the cut by three strokes.

The Redstone Golf Club Tournament Course has been set up to emulate the conditions at Augusta National, home of the Masters, in order to attract a bigger field the week before the Masters takes place.  The results are very fast greens and lots of trouble if you're not in the fairway.

Michael's round got off to a rocky start when he double bogeyed hist first hole of the day (hole #10).  He didn't let the hole affect him, however and he birdied two of the next three holes to climb back to par.  He grabbed two more birdies during his front nine including an improbable birdie at the very difficult par 4 18th hole.  Michael finished his eleventh hole at two under par but found the water with his drive on the par 4 3rd hole.  He went on to double bogey hole #3 which left him at even par for both the round and the tournament.  At the time the tournament cut was projected to be right around even par.  Once again, Michael didn't let the double bogey affect him and he proceeded to birdie the next three holes moving him well inside the cut and positioning him well for "moving day".

Eighty players made the cut, which fell at even par, so tee times will be split tomorrow between the first and the tenth tees.  Michael is paired with Hunter Mahan and Jim Herman.  Michael and Mahan have a common bond since they both use the same agent - Jay Danzi.  The group tees off from hole #1 at 8:40am local time.

Kodak Challenge
Michael's birdie on the 18th hole caught the attention of the Kodak Challenge since 18 at Redstone is one of the 30 Kodak Challenge holes on the PGA Tour this year.  Here's what they had to say over at
Michael Thompson dropped a 47-footer from just off the front side of the green on Kodak Challenge hole No. 18 at Redstone Golf Club, delivering the second round's Shot of the Day during the Shell Houston Open. Thompson was one of only 11 Kodak Challengers to birdie the 488-yard par-4 hole on Friday, while 40 pros played the feisty finishing hole over par.
Television Coverage
Television coverage for tomorrow's round will be carried on the Golf Channel and NBC.

Golf Channel
1:00p, - 3:00pm ET
3:00pm - 6:00pm ET

Live Scoring Links
Michael Thompson Scorecard
Michael Thompson Shot Tracker

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