Saturday, May 28, 2011

Thompson Flirts With the Cut But Comes Up short

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson needed to make up some ground in order to make the cut at the HP Byron Nelson Classic after his first round left him in a tie for 117th.  Michael's second round tee time was the latest in the day.  Harsh windy conditions meant that before he had even teed off he had climbed up the leadaerboard within reach of the cut line.  Despite the windy conditions, Michael drove the ball extremely well.  In fact, he hit 12 of 14 fairways over the course of the day. 

Through the first seven holes, Michael was one under par and within the cut line by one shot.  On hole #8, Michael had a short putt for a par but he was on an extreme side slope.  He missed the putt and as he went to make his bogey putt, the ball moved after he had grounded his club.  Michael called a penalty on himself which resulted in a double bogey and moved him one shot on the wrong side of the cut line.  He shot even par over the next nine holes which included two birdies and two bogeys.  He remained one shot outside the cut line heading into the 18th hole.  Unfortunately, a birdie was not to be and Michael ended up missing the cut by two after making bogey at the last.

Next week Michael will be competing in his second Nationwide Tour event of the season when he travels to College Park, Maryland to compete in the Melwood Prince George's County Open.

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