Sunday, July 10, 2011

Thompson Rides Momentum Into Tie for 12th

by Roz Roberts III

After finishing the first round in a tie for 94th and sitting at even par, all Michael Thompson did for the remainder of the John Deere Classic was shoot rounds of 66-67-67 (13 under par), move up 82 spots on the leaderboard, and finish in a tie for 12th. All in all, it was a very productive weekend on the PGA Tour!

Michael's improvement over the course of the tournament was not so much the result of making more birdies as much as minimizing bogeys. He had at least five birdies in every round but he limited his bogeys to just one in each of the final two rounds.

The top 15 finish was good enough to move Michael 11 spots up the money list into 108th place. The top 125 players on the money list at the end of the year earn a 2012 PGA Tour card.

Michael also moved up 21 spots on the Fedexcup points list to 106th. The top 125 players on the Fedexcup points list are invited to the first playoff event at the end year - the Barclays on August 25th. The remaining three playoff events, The Deutsche Bank Championship, the BMW Championship, and THE TOUR Championship, are limited to progressively smaller fields based on accumulated Fedexcup points.

While some PGA players are headed "over the pond" to compete in the Open Championship (British Open), Michael and other PGA Tour players are headed to Madison, Mississippi to compete in the Viking Classic.

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