Thursday, April 8, 2021

Thompson Takes Advantage of the Par 5's

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AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 08: Michael Thompson of the United States plays his shot from the first tee during the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 08, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)


by Roz Roberts III

The general rule of thumb to succeed at the Masters is to score well on Augusta National's quartet of par five holes.  Michael Thompson did just that in round one where he scored four under par on the quartet of par fives including an eagle on the 13th hole called Azalea.  

At the end of the day, Michael shot a solid par 72 which has him tied for 13th after the first 18 holes.  He kept the ball in play all day by hitting 11 of 14 fairways and scrambling well when he needed it.

In addition to gaining two strokes on par, Michael's eagle on 13 earns him two crystal glasses.  The pair will go nicely with the pair he won in 2013 (the last time he competed in the Masters).

Michael will be paired with Hudson Swafford again in round two (one of only two groups consisting of  merely two players).  The tee off at 11:06 am EDT.


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If you haven't been over to the masters.com site yet you should check it out.  If you select Michael on the leaderboard it will bring up a detailed scorecard which includes video of every one of Michael's shots. 


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Hudson Swafford and Michael Thompson walk over the Hogan Bridge with their caddies on the No. 12 hole during Round 1 of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 8, 2021.  Chris Trotman, Augusta National



Michael Thompson acknowledges patrons on the No. 2 green during Round 1 of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 8, 2021.  Sam Greenwood, Augusta National


Michael Thompson and caddie Damian Lopez on the No. 1 hole during Round 1 of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 8, 2021.  Hunter Martin, Augusta National

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

A Return to the Masters

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AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 06: Michael Thompson of the United States plays his shot from the 12th tee during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

 by Roz Roberts III

This is a big week if you follow golf.  It's an even bigger week for Michael Thompson.  

It's Masters Week and Michael Thompson is returning to Augusta for the first time in eight years.  The crowds might be a littler smaller than usual due to COVID restrictions but the greens will be just as fast and the azaleas should be in full bloom.

Following Michael at the Masters from your favorite online device should be fairly easy since there are live streams that cover most of the course and this year you can build a video channel called My Group. Masters.com claims it will show you every shot from your favorited players.  Ideally you should be able to select Michael as a favorite player from the leaderboard and he will show up in your My Group channel  (see the picture below with the favorite selection star shown circled in red).  You can use the links in the "Online Links" section to help you navigate.




If you are going to follow Michael live on Thursday you'll have to be up early since Michael and playing partner Hudson Swafford are the first group off the tee Thursday morning at 8:00am EDT.  That should make for pristine conditions on the greens and for ideal conditions for all those Michael fans on-site in Augusta trying to follow his round.


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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Strong Finish Propels Thompson Into Top Five

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LA QUINTA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 24: Michael Thompson plays his shot on the 16th hole during the final round of The American Express tournament on the Stadium course at PGA West. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

 

by Roz Roberts III

For the second time in three years, Michael Thompson finished with a top ten at the American Express in La Quinta California.  This year, a six under par 66 netted a tie for 5th place.  

Michael has run his streak of top 25 finished to four tournaments in a row and he is now 44 under par in 2021.  In fact, he is par or better in every round on tour in 2021.  His streak of strong finishes has him up to 63rd in the Fedexcup standings.  He will take this week's Farmers Insurance Open off and will get ready for the Waste Management Open in Phoenix two weeks from now where he will look to keep the momentum going.



Saturday, January 23, 2021

Thompson Brings Some Aloha to the Desert

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LA QUINTA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 22: Michael Thompson lines up his shot on the 12th hole during the second round of The American Express tournament on the Stadium course at PGA West. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

 

by Roz Roberts III

After a successful Hawaii swing, Michael Thompson has brought that aloha spirit back to California as he's been competing in this week's American Express in La Quinta.  Michael finished his two tournament stop in Hawaii with back to back top 25 finishes and he' started strong at the American Express where he is currently tied for 25th heading into Sunday's final round.

Michael has been playing superbly consistent golf in 2021.  Nine out of his 11 rounds in 2021 have been in the 60's and all 11 rounds have been par or better.  He is also six for six in cuts made in the 2020/2021 season with three consecutive top 25 finishes.   He will look to extend that streak to four consecutive top 25's tomorrow.