Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Encouraging Signs for 2014

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson finished the Hyundai Tournament of Champions tied for 16th after a final round one under par 72.  He finished the tournament at ten under par.  If you want to see some encouraging signs for Michael's 2014 PGA season you don't have to look far.

  • He tied for the best first round score at -7.  
  • He finished first in driving accuracy at 86.67%.  That corresponds to 52 out of 60 fairways hit for the week.  Did I mention that was FIRST in the field?
  • He was seventh in driving distance.  Michael put the new Ping i25 driver in the bag this week and based on the results it looks like it's a keeper.
  • He was tied for 2nd in greens in regulation hitting 60 of 72 for the tournament.
Surprisingly, his middle of the pack finish came down to some uncharacteristic poor putting in the final two rounds.  Since Michael is a fantastic putter look for his putting to rebound soon.  If he can improve his driving accuracy and GIR like he did this week, 2014 shapes up to be an exciting year for Michael and his fans.

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