Friday, July 8, 2011

Seven Birdies Help Thompson Make Cut for Third Week In a Row

by Roz Roberts III

After finishing round 1 with a double bogey, Michael Thompson knew he was going to need a good second round if he was going to make the cut at the John Deere Classic in Silvas, Illinois.  Michael started the day in a tie for 94th and the cut line is set to the top 70 golfers plus ties.

The round got off to a slow start as Michael made pars on his first four holes.  It took one more par to actually kick Michael's round into gear.  On hole #14, Michael ended up in a sand trap and had a 13'4" putt to save par.  Michael made that critical putt and momentum was on his side.  He birdied the next three holes before he bogeyed hole #18. Michael ended his first 9 holes at 2 under par and two shots outside the cut line.

Michael played the next six holes at one under par and was sitting just one shot off the cut with three holes to play. Michael found himself looking at a 17 foot putt for birdie on the par 3, seventh hole. Michael made the putt and was inside the cut line for the first time all day. He went on to birdie the next hole to finish two shots inside the cut line and in a tie for 50th. On the day Michael shot five under par and had 7 birdies with two bogeys.

This makes the third straight week that Michael has made the cut in a PGA Tour event, which is a first for him.

Round Three
Michael tees off from the first tee at 8:10am CT with Scott Piercy.

Scoring Links
Here are the round three scoring links:

Michael Thompson Scorecard
Michael Thompson Shot Tracker
Michael Thompson's Group on Shot Tracker

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