Thursday, August 2, 2018

Thompson Shoots +10...and is Happy About It

Michael Thompson plays his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the Barracuda Championship at Montreaux Country Club on August 2, 2018 in Reno, Nevada. (Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)
by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson shot a +10 at the Barracuda Championship today...and that's good!  The Barracuda uses a modified Stableford scoring system and +10 put Michael in a tie for 10th after the first round.  His round was highlighted by an eagle on the par 5 18th hole where he holed out from 60 feet just short of the green.

This scoring system rewards aggression  where birdies and eagles are weighted more positively than bogeys and double bogeys are weighted negatively.

  • Eagle                                +5
  • Bridie                               +2
  • Par                                     0
  • Bogey                               -1
  • Double bogey or worse    -3

With Montreux playing at anywhere from 5,000 to 6,000 feet, Michael noted the elevation change and wind made for some interesting club selections on Thursday. "It sometimes feels like we're taking forever to figure out our number. You just have to be patient and crunch the numbers. We started with 5 percent for elevation at the beginning of the round and moved it to 10 percent. Then you factor in the wind. We try and keep it simple, but there's definitely some additional math involved."

Michael is playing with DJ Trahan and Steve Wheatcroft for the first couple of rounds and they begin round two on Friday at 12:11pm PDT.

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