Friday, March 30, 2012

The Rain Moved On and Things Look Brighter

by Roz Roberts III

When the rain came and put a stop to round one of the Shell Houston Open on Thursday, things for Michael Thompson looked pretty much just like the weather:  dark and gloomy.  He was sitting at 3 over par through 17 holes of his first round.  It was clear, even on Thursday, that the cut for the tournament was most likely going to fall at two under par.  That meant that if Michael was going to keep his cuts made streak alive, he was going to have to play some outstanding golf over the next nineteen holes.  Luckily for Michael, the sun came out and his game heated up.

Michael started his day early as he played hole #18 of his first round at 7:30am local time.  The hole is the most difficult on the course and Michael played it well giving himself a reasonable 13 foot birdie chance which didn't drop but left him a tap in par.  Then Michael got to wait until his late second round tee time which was 6:10pm local time.  Michael didn't waste any time making his move up the leaderboard.  He birdied two of his first three holes and only missed birdieing all three holes by 6 inches.  Michael's day came to an end when darkness fell as he is sitting over a 6 foot birdie putt on hole #15.

If Michael can convert the birdie putt, he will be three under for the second round and just two shots from the cut line.  He still has some work to do over the next 12 holes but things look a lot brighter today than they did yesterday.

The second round will resume at 7:30am local time.

Online Scoring Links
Michael Thompson's Scorecard
Michael Thompson on Shot Tracker
Michael Thompson's Group on Shot Tracker

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