Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Birdie Barrage North of the Border

Michael Thompson of the United States reacts after making his birdie putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club on July 23, 2016 in Oakville, Canada. (Source: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images North America)
by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson dropped 10 birdies in the third round of the RBC Canadian Open today en route to a six under par 66 which propelled him up 47 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 15th at four under par after 54 holes.  It was a fantastic round in which he hit 12 out of 14 fairways and 17 out of 18 greens in regulation although the round was not without its flaws with a double bogey and two three putt bogeys.

Today would have been a great day to follow Michael around Glen Abbey since he and playing partner Derek Fathauer posted two of the top five scores for the day combining for a remarkable -13.  The pairing brought back memories of the 2007 US Amateur when Derek and Michael played each other in the quarterfinals.  Michael beat Derek 5 and 4 that day and went to finish runner up to Colt Knost.  In today's "rematch", Derek earned bragging rights beating Michael by a single shot.

Michael will be paired with Robert Streb for Sunday's final round.  They tee off at 12:25pm ET.

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Michael's Scorecard

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