Friday, March 1, 2013

Look Who's Climbing the Leaderboard by Playing "Michael Thompson Golf"

Michael Thompson looks over a birdie putt during the second round of the Honda Classic.

by Roz Roberts III

It took a few weeks to knock the rust off, but Michael Thompson's golf game is looking as good as ever.  Michael spent the last couple of weeks working with golf coach Susie Meyers and based on the first two rounds at the Honda Classic the practice is paying dividends.  Michael followed his three under par 67 from the first round with an even better five under par 65.  His 36 hole score of eight under par has him in second place going into the weekend one shot off the lead of Luke Guthrie.

He is playing what Alabama coach Jay Seawell calls "Michael Thompson Golf".  So what is "Michael Thompson Golf"?  It's keeping the ball in the short grass and finding greens in regulation. From there you putt like few people on the planet can.  “I’m a good putter, so if I can get on the green quickly, it doesn't really matter where I am.  I can make putts; I know I can.”

The recipe is working for Michael at the difficult PGA National course.  He's hit 28 out of 36 greens in regulation (T2) and 21 out of 28 fairways (T13).  He's also 16th in the strokes gained putting stat for the tournament.

Michael watches his bunker shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Honda Classic.

Articles and Videos from Round 2
Guthrie, Thompson dissect PGA National to top of leaderboard
A nice re-cap from one of our favorite Golweek writers Sean Martin

Michael Thompson Interviewed After Round 2 of the Honda Classic
A post round video interview from

Interview Transcript

Round 3 Tee Times
Michael will be paired with current leader Luke Guthrie in the final group of the day.  They tee off at 1:40pm ET.

Round 3 Television Coverage
Michael should get some face time tomorrow since he's in the final pairing.  TV coverage is as follows:

Golf Channel     1-3pm ET
NBC                     3-6pm ET

Online Links
Michael on Shot Tracker
Michael's Group on Shot Tracker (coming soon)
Live@ Streaming Coverage of holes 3 and 9 (9am-6pm ET)

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