Sunday, January 15, 2012

Thompson 'Rides the Wave' to Another Top Ten Finish

by Roz Roberts III

As I was following Michael Thompson's final round at the Sony Open, I wondered if Michael thought the holes looked like they were the size of basketball hoops.  There was a stretch on holes #7 through #15 that if the ball was on the green or near the green, it was going to go in the hole.  Over that stretch Michael birdied six of nine holes including three in a row at 13 through 15.  His three under 69 left him at 10 under par for the tournament and in a tie for 6th place

For the round, Michael made 142 feet worth of putts including birdie putts of 41 feet 8 inches and 34 feet 1 inch.   When he was asked about his day putting after the round Michael said
I guess the Crimson Tide was flowing today.  I think I made two putts over 35 feet and that's really rare to happen on these greens.   It's fun to watch that ball disappear.  My buddies back in Alabama, they know me for a good putter and I'm sure they are not going to be very surprised.
But you know, it was just a fun day and great to be out here in Hawaii, Sony has been great and [this is a] good start to the year.
Michael is a master at understatement.  A top 10 finish out of the gate at an event that he didn't even make the cut at last year is a phenomenal start to the 2012 PGA Tour season.  As the tour heads into its West Coast Swing, Michael will be looking "to ride the wave, keep on going and see what happens."

The ride he's been on includes top 6 or better finishes in three of his last four events dating back to the McGladrey Classic at the end of the 2011 PGA Tour season.

Interview Transcript
2012 PGA Money List
2012 FedEx Cup Points

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