Monday, March 4, 2019

Thompson's Putter Catches Fire in Florida

Michael Thompson drains his birdie putt during the fourth round of the 2019 Honda Classic.

by Roz Roberts III

After tearing up the West Coast Swing with his ball striking, Michael's putter came alive last week at the Honda Classic.  He rode his flat stick to his fifth consecutive top 20 finish and his sixth of the year in eight starts with a T-16.  Michael was third in strokes gained putting for the tournament gaining nearly 8 and half strokes on the field.

Michael's consistently excellent play over the last few weeks has earned him some nice perks including entry into this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational and he is all but guaranteed a spot in the Players Championship in two weeks.  Technically he is the first alternate in that field but not all of the players ahead of him in the priority list are healthy so he will get into that event based on his current status on the FedexCup points list (41st).  His strong play will also ensure he remains at, or near, the top of the reshuffle list through the Charles Schwab Challenge on May 26 and, in reality, all year long.

He has also almost certainly locked up a Tour card for next year with 380 Fedex Cup points.  Last year the 125th golfer (Seamus Power) had 377 points to secure his 125th spot and the year before JJ Henry needed 365 points to secure top 125 status.  Michael realized the accomplishment and took some time to enjoy it.  Via Instagram he said
It wasn't a win today at the Honda Classic but I locked up my card for next year and the wine still tastes good tonight!

It was also nice to see Michael get some TV time.  Obviously he had won this event before but he's also getting credit for his excellent form since the start of 2019.


Michael Thompson birdies No. 2 at Honda during Sunday's final round

Michael Thompson closes with birdie at Honda during Saturday's third round

Michael Thompson flushes his tee shot to set up birdie at the Honda Classic in the third round

Michael Thompson sinks 27-footer for birdie at Honda in the first round

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