Saturday, August 18, 2018

Thompson Does Some Serious Moving

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson Saturday's moving day day at the Wyndham Championship was arguably his best round of the season.  He shot a bogey free 63 (seven under par) and climbed the leaderboard all the way up into a tie for second at the point he finished his round.  He went 18 for 18 in greens in regulation and his putter heated up converting five birdie chances including a 53 footer on the first hole.  He also holed out for eagle from the bunker on the par five 15th hole (see video above).

He is currently tied for seventh with a chunk of the field still needing to complete their third rounds.  Once the third round completes tomorrow the final round will get under way at 11:15am EDT.  Michael will be teeing off closer to 1:15pm EDT although we won't know for sure on his exact tee time until tomorrow morning.

Michael needs a good finish to move up the Fedexcup points list.  He is currently 158th and a 3rd place finish or better would allow him to climb inside the top 125.  Even if that doesn't happen he was the Tour Finals coming up which allow him a path to earn a tour card for next year.

“Ultimately top 125 is where I'd love to be, a win would be unbelievable,” Michael said. “But for me, really the most attainable goal right now is inside the top 150. If I get in there then I have status for next year at least for a few events.
I found a feel on the range yesterday with my irons that allows me to freely release the club through the ball.  I just went out and trusted it and knew that I had to hit it close and I had to give myself as many chances for birdie as, as possible.  And thankfully today the putter was a little bit more fine-tuned than it has been.
For me actually playing Reno was a great kind of set up to this in the position that I am because Reno, you have to be aggressive, you have to make birdies, and you have points, right?  So bogeys don't really hurt you.”
Thompson said having his wife and 2-year-old son – “who doesn’t care how I play,” has been a welcome distraction. On Sunday, his plan is simple:
“Just go shoot at pins and go have some fun.” 

FedExCup update: Thompson climbs standings on Moving Day
Michael Round Three Recap

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