Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Michael is featured over at Golfdigest.com

Golfdigest.com's Dave Shedloski has written a really nice article on Michael Thompson. In it, Michael discusses the changes he's made in his competitive mentality, diet, exercise and swing. It's really a great article and worth checking out. Here's the direct link:

Monday, February 18, 2019

Thompson Plays His Way Into Genesis, And It Was Very Good!

by Randy Roberts
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One week ago Sunday, Michael Thompson finished T10 at Pebble Beach, guaranteeing a spot at Riviera Country Club's Genesis Open. His solid play continued at the Genesis, finishing the four rounds: -2, -7, +2, -1 for an overall score of -8, T7. That's his best finish on the PGA Tour since 2016.

He was interviewed on CBS after his round on Saturday. He credited his recent success on feeling healthy thanks to a physical therapist who was added to his team for 2019. He also mentioned the importance of routine and consistency in doing practice drills. He commented that his swing coach had been helping him develop a new swing, and that he was happy to finally see some positive results from making that change.

How good is this current hot streak? Here's a few numbers:
  • 6 of 7 cuts made this season
  • 5 of those were top 25
  • 3 of last 4 were top 10
  • Earned his way to the #1 spot on the reshuffle list which means he'll be receiving more tournament entries.
  • Moved up 9 spaces to 40th on the FedEx Cup list
  • Moved up 49 spots to 142nd on the OWGR rankings
  • Already earned more FedEx Cup points as he did in 2018 or 2017
  • Is all but guaranteed a tour card for next year, based on where previous year's FedEx Cup lists had their cut off.
So yeah, it was very good indeed.

Michael's been away from home for quite some time now, so he'll be taking a little time off, but will be back in action at the Honda Classic. I won't be surprised to see him make it onto Rob Bolton's Sleeper Picks for that tournament, if not the Power Rankings. Could the magic of Michael's 2013 Honda Classic win be repeated? I can't wait to find out. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Another Top 10 Finish!

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson is enjoying his best start to a PGA Tour season.  After a sparkling six under par 66 during today's final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am, Michael will finish tied for 10th.  It's his second top 10 in the two West Coast Pro-Ams this year. As a benefit of the top 10 finish Michael gets into next week's Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club.  He had been the first alternate but now he doesn't need anyone to withdraw in order to make the field.

Michael's round Sunday was bogey free in wet, windy conditions and moved him 26 spots on the leaderboard.  It was by far his best round of the tournament.

On the year, Michael has made 5 cuts in the six events he has played and has four top 20 finishes including two top 10's.  He will be moving up the reshuffle list which should help get him into more events over the next few months on Tour.  The reshuffle list will be reset at the end of the Genesis Open.

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Michael's great approach leads to birdie on the 10th hole during Sunday's final round at the Pebble Beach ProAm

Reshuffle List