Monday, June 11, 2012

Runner Up Returns

Michael was mentioned in an AP article on Monday.  The full article can be found on the Washington Post's website here US Open Storylines.  The part on Michael reads as follows:

By Associated Press, Monday, June 11, 5:22 PM

RUNNER-UP RETURNS: The small silver plaques for runners-up inside The Olympic Club are often more recognizable than the posters and memorabilia of the winners. Names such as Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Payne Stewart adorn the walls for their second-place finishes.

Try Michael Thompson, too.

No, not from a U.S. Open. Back in 2007, Thompson finished runner-up in the U.S. Amateur championship at Olympic.

He lost 2 and 1 against Colt Knost in a grueling 36-hole finale, and he hadn’t played a meaningful round on the Lake Course again until after he qualified for the U.S. Open last week.

“I’ve been wanting to come back here for over two years,” Thompson said. “This golf course has a special place in my heart.”

Thompson still recalls almost every shot from that taxing week.

One of his shining moments came in the opening round when he beat Webb Simpson 5 and 4, shooting 5 under through the opening 14 holes, including a 15-foot birdie on No. 10. Thompson also made a 50-foot birdie on the fifth in the final.

“I’ve started thinking about all the shots I hit that week,” Thompson said. “All the tee shots, all the holes, just trying to feed off those good vibes. It will be much tougher to duplicate.”

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