Saturday, March 2, 2013

Thompson at the Top!

by Randy Roberts

Michael Thompson had another strong day at the Honda Classic leaving him tied for first going into tomorrow's final round.  Things got off to a rough start as he had trouble controlling his tee shots in the  strong winds, but he battled throughout and ended the day at even par, -8 overall. After the round Michael talked about his round:
My short game saved me; my putting saved me. I just fought through it. Just stayed positive, stayed patient, let things happen, and never got down on myself, never got upset and that's kind of who I am, and that's the way I like to play golf.
Michael's round was highlighted by a bunker shot that went in for a birdie on 6 and a 20' birdie putt on 12.'s "Shot of the Day" - Michael's Bunker Shot on 6

Michael will be paired again with co-leader Luke Guthrie in the final group of the day.  After the round Michael said he had enjoyed playing with Guthrie and thought it was good that they'd be paired again:
We were both I think pretty positive. Luke's mild‑tempered, which is always good for me. Kind of helps me stay calm and just keep plugging along.You know, I think it's a good match up. I think we have a great pairing to be in the final group again tomorrow. We kind of‑‑ even though we are out in front with the lead, we are kind of under the radar. We are not marquis players, quite yet. But we'll just go out there and play golf and see what happens. It's a good field, and obviously a great golf course and you know, we'll just see what happens.
They tee off at 1:30pm ET.

Video of Birdie putt on 12
Video of post round interview
Video preview of Sunday
Post Round Press Conference Transcript
Photos from third round

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Michael Thompson and Luke Guthrie share Honda Classic lead

Round 4 Television Coverage
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
Live@ Streaming Coverage of holes 3 and 9 (9am-6pm ET)

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