Saturday, January 26, 2019

Thompson Continues to Shine in San Diego

Michael Thompson strikes his tee shot on hole #4 at Torrey Pines South during round 3 of the Framers Insurance Open.  Michael birdied the hole.
by Roz Roberts III

For the second week in a row Michael Thompson is threatening the top of the leaderboard on the PGA Tour.  This week, three consecutive rounds in the 60's have Michael ten under par and tied for 11th heading into Sunday's final round at the Farmers Insurance Open.

The weather at Torrey Pines has been ideal with San Diego perfect 70 degree weather and calm winds so scoring has been unusually good.  The South Course has been averaging right around par (72) which is a shot or two better than the last several years.

Michael tees off on Sunday at 9:45am PT from the first hole with Hideki Matsuyama and Scott Brown.

Online Links
Michael's Scorecard

Moments From Torrey Pines 

Michael taps in his birdie on hole #3 of Torrey Pines South during Round #1.

Michael plays his second shot on hole #4 of Torrey Pines South during round #1. 

Michael looks over his birdie putt on hole #4 during round 1.

Michael hits his tee shot on hole #16 during round 1 of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Michael birdies hole #18 on the South Course during the Farmers Insurance Open.  He tips his hat to several female spectators who had been demanding that all players "take off their hats!"

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Thompson Finds First Top 10 of the Season in the Desert

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson finished the Desert Classic with a birdie on the final hole to secure his first top 10 finish of the 2018/2019 season.  In the end, Michael finished tied for 9th at 18 under par.  Michael's final round was up and down for the first nine holes of the day where he had both an eagle and a double bogey over that stretch but he righted the ship on the back nine where he carded four birdies.

Michael will look to carry his momentum into this week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.  He tees off in the first group from the first hole on the South Course at Torrey Pines.  He is grouped with Nick Taylor and Brandon Hagy.  They tee off at 9am PT.

Online Links for Farmers
Michael's Scorecard

Pictures and Videos from Round Four at the Desert Classic
The following videos aren't very good and I take full responsibility for their poor quality but they give some flavor to the tournament so I posted them anyways!

Michael's Tee Shot on the First Hole

Michael's Eagle on Hole #5

Michael's Birdie on Hole #18

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Heat Wave Continues

Michael Thompson dials in his approach shot during the third round of the Desert Classic
by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson's third round at the Desert Classic was even better than his first two.  He shot a seven under par 65 and is now tied for 5th heading into Sunday's final round at -17 for the tournament.  His seven under par round contained nine (yes you read that right) birdies.  He actually birdied six of his first nine holes to climb the leaderboard early in the day.

Tomorrow's final round will be played on the Stadium Course at PGA West which is the same course he played today.  Michael will be playing with Patrick Cantlay and Steve Marino in round four.  The trio tee off at 10:30am PT.

Thanks to my lovely and generous wife I'll  be making a road trip tomorrow morning out to the desert to cheer Michael on.  I'll try to get some pictures and maybe even a video or two to post tomorrow night.

Highlights from Michael's third round at the Desert Classic.

Michael Thompson nearly holes out on No. 7 at Desert Classic


Michael Thompson gets up-and-down for birdie at Desert Classic


Online Links
Michael's Scorecard

Friday, January 18, 2019

Thompson Heating Up in the Desert

by Roz Roberts III

After posting a really good four under par 68 in the first round of the Desert Classic, Michael Thompson improved on that by two shots in a sparkling second round and is now ten under par and tied for 11th going into the weekend.

The Desert Classic, previously known as the Bob Hope Invitational and the Humana Challenge among other incarnations, is a Pro-Am taking place across three separate courses in the Palm Springs area of California.  A cut is made after the third round when each golfer has played each course once.

On Saturday, Michael will play the host Stadium Course at PGA WEST.  After the cut the Stadium Course will host the fourth and final round.  The good news is that the Stadium Course supports ShotLink data so it will be much easier to follow Michael's third round online as the other two courses don't have ShotLink coverage.

Michael tees off on Saturday at 8:50am PT.

Online Links
Michael's Scorecard