Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Barracuda Rewards Agression

by Roz Roberts III

There will be two different events handing out PGA Tour money and FedexCup points tomorrow.  While the bigger name players will be playing in a WGC event, the bulk of the PGA Tour regulars, including Michael Thompson,  will be playing in Reno, Nevada at the Barracuda Championship.

The Barracuda Championship differs from most PGA Tour events because it uses a Modified Stableford scoring system rather than simple stroke play.

The scoring system rewards aggression and uses the following point totals:
Modified Stableford scoring:  
•  Double-Eagle = 8 pts 
•  Eagle = 5 pts 
•  Birdie = 2 pts 
•  Par = 0 pts 
•  Bogey = -1 pt 
•  2+ Bogeys = -3 pts

Michael will be teeing off at 8:28am PT from the tenth hole with Arjun Atwal and Ben Curtis.

Online Links
Michael's Scorecard

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hanging Tough in D.C.

Michael Thompson plays a shot from the 14th tee during the first round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club on June 23, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland.  (June 22, 2016 - Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)
by Roz Roberts

After a triple bogey 7 on his second hole of the day at the Quicken Loans National, Michael Thompson found himself at the bottom of the leaderboard early on Thursday.  But from that point forward Michael wouldn't card another over par hole.  He made three birdies and had a lot of other birdie chances and finished the day at even par right about where the cut line will fall.

He'll look to improve upon that during Friday's second round.  He tees off at 12:36pm ET.

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Michael's Scorecard


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Thompson Teeing it Up at Congressional This Week

by Roz Roberts III

The PGA Tour invades the nation's capitol this week,  The Quicken Loans National gets underway tomorrow at Congressional Country Club.  Michael Thompson will be competing after having last week off.

He will be playing with Chris Stroud and Kyle Reifers.  They will tee of from the tenth hole at 7:36am ET.  Tomorrow's forecast calls for thunderstorms so it's entirely possible that weather delays could interrupt the first round.

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Michael's Scorecard

Monday, June 6, 2016

It's US Open Qualifying Time!

by Roz Roberts III

Today marks the sectional qualifying stage for the 2016 US Open.  Michael Thompson will be competing in Memphis, Tennessee.  The qualifying will take place over two rounds at the Germantown Country Club and the Ridgeway Country Club.

There are 121 golfers competing for an unknown number of spots.  This is one of the two stronger fields for the sectionals since many PGA Tour players who are competing in this week's St. Jude Classic will be using the Memphis Qualifying as their venue of choice.  The number of spots available gets determined by the strength of the field.

You can follow Michael's scoring at the following link:

Memphis Sectional Scoring

I think scoring will be posted after each 9 holes during round one and then gets updated more frequently during round two.

Update #1 - 7:47am PT
Michael shot one under on the front nine at the Ridgeway Country Club  

Update #2 - 9:12am PT
There will be 10 spots awarded to the Memphis qualifying.

Update #3 - 11:00am PT
Michael finished his first round at two under par.  He carded four birdies and two bogeys.  He is roughly two shots off a qualifying spot so he'll need a solid second round to punch his ticket to the 2016 US Open..

Update #4 - 11:08am PT
Hole by hole scoring is now available.  Michael parred his first hole of the second round (hole #10 at the Germantown Country Club).

Update #5 - 2:42pm PT
Michael is two under with four holes remaining.  He will have to shoot at least three under over those remaining holes to make into the top 10 but he does have one par five to go.

Update #6 - 3:06pm PT
Michael is two under with only three holes remaining.  The cut has moved to six under par so he needs to go four under in his final three holes in order to grab a spot in this year's US Open field.

Update #7 - 7:21pm PT
Michael finished at two under and tied for 34th.  He was four shots from making the playoff.  He will now focus on this week's St. Jude Classic.