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. 

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