Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Thompson Returns to 3M Open

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 by Roz Roberts III

Straight off his second top 10 finish of the year, Michael Thompson returns to Blaine, Minnesota as a past champion for this week's 3M Open.

Michael made the most of his opportunities at last week's Barracuda Championship where he made the cut on the number and then proceeded to equal his low round on the PGA Tour with a 9 under par 62 on Saturday and ultimately finish tied for 9th.

Michael will be grouped Cameron Champ (last year's 3M Open winner) and Chez Reavie (last week's Barracuda Championship winner) for the first two rounds of the 3M Open.  They tee off at 12:44pm local time (10:44am PT) from the first hole.  The group is a featured group on the PGA Tour's streaming (see the link below).

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Michael's Interview After Winning the 2020 3M Open

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Florida Swing Continues at Valspar

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 by Roz Roberts III

After an unexpected start at The Players Championship last week, Michael Thompson will once again be in action a this week's Valspar Championship.  This is the last stop on the Florida swing.

Michael didn't get into The Players until Friday morning as the last alternate in the field when Tyler McCumber withdrew due to a shoulder injury.  Thursday's first round had been delayed due to heavy rain and McCumber's group was scheduled to tee off just before the horn blew ending the day due to darkness.  Michael ended up finishing tied for 60th but it was an unexpected payday based on the fact that he started the week as the 5th alternate.

Michael will be playing the Valspar Championship with Joel Dahmen and Andrew Landry for the first couple of rounds.  They tee off from the tenth hole for Thursday's first round at 1:03pm EDT (10:03am PDT).


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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Strong Finish for Thompson


Michael Thompson tees off from the first tee in Saturday's final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

by Roz Roberts III

 Michael Thompson had another strong round at the Farmers Insurance Open's final round on Saturday shooting a three under par 69 to finish tied for 11th.  Michael's round featured an eagle on #6 for the second day in a row and a near hole in one at the par 3 8th.  The only blemish on his scorecard in the fourth round was a double bogey on hole #4 after he hit his second shot into the hazard left of the green. 

Michael's round had several shots that just barely missed besides the near hole in one.  His bunker shot on hole 17 nearly fell into the hole after breaking away from the hole at the last moment.  He also had a birdie putt on 15 come up just a few inches short of the hole.  Despite the near misses, Michael's fourth round still moved him up eight spots on the leaderboard.  The tie for 11th also moves him up the Fedexcup points list to 46th.

Every aspect of Michael's game looked sharp this week.  His bunker play was spectacular where he was 9 for 9 in sand saves for the week including his birdie hole out on hole #14 and near hole out on #17 during the final round.  His bunker play led him  to being 1st in the tournament in strokes gained around the green (+5.188).  He was also strong off the tee where he was tied for 7th in driving accuracy and he was 9th in strokes gained tee to green (+6.520).

Michael's tie for 11th his his fourth top 15 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open in 10 starts.  He has made the cut in 7 of his 10 trips to San Diego not counting the US Open (which would make it 8 of 11).


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Michael Thompson hits his second shot from the rough on hole #10  in Saturday's final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.



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Michael Thompson eagles hole #6 in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.  It was his second eagle on that hole in two days.


 

Friday, January 28, 2022

Thompson Starts Slow, Finishes Strong

LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 28: Michael Thompson hits his tee shot on the second hole during the third round of The Farmers Insurance Open on the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)


by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson's third round at the Farmers Insurance Open got off to a bad start.  He opened with back to back bogeys.  But from that point on, he played fantastic golf and shot four under par including an eagle at hole #6 and a closing birdie at hole #18.   For the day, he shot a two under par 70 and is tied for 19th heading into Saturday's final round.

Michael will be grouped with Justin Rose and Taylor Montgomery for round four.  For the third consecutive day, Michael tees off at 10:30am PT.  The group will tee off from the first hole.


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LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 28: Michael Thompson unmarks his ball on hole #1 of the South Course at Torrey Pines during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 27: Michael Thompson plays his second shot on hole #12 from the rough during Thursday's second round at the Farmers Insurance Open

LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 28: Michael Thompson hits his tee shot on hole #1 at the Farmers Insurance Open during the second round.


Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Nearly Flawless!!!

Michael tees off from the fourth hole at Torrey Pines North.

by Roz Roberts III

Michael Thompson put together a nearly flawless round of golf at the Farmers Insurance Open during Wednesday's first round.  He used a combination of driving accuracy,  strong iron play, putting and some timely scrambling to card an eight under par (64) on Torrey Pines North course and is currently in second place.  The North course is decidedly easier than the South course at Torrey Pines but Michael took full advantage on Wednesday.  

Thompson didn't miss a green in regulation until his 12th hole but he was still able to putt for birdie out of some short rough.  He didn't miss a fairway until the 13th hole where he also missed the green in regulation but he was able to get up and down for par.  The only problems he had were on the second shots of his par 5's.  He missed two of those off to the right where he ended up on adjacent holes.  However he was able to make a birdie on hole #9 and he was able to get back in play and make par on hole #10.    His driving was on point all day where he hit 12 out of 14 fairways (T1) and often was literally on the center cut of the fairway.  He also hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation (T11).  

Michael will once again be playing with Cam Davis and Sungjae Im.  They tee off at 10:30am PT from the tenth hole of the South Course for tomorrow's second round.  As a group they were a great watch on Wednesday.  In fact, both Michael and Cam Davis were tied for first place for a big chunk of the day until Davis had a double bogey on the par 5 17th hole. 


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Thursday, January 20, 2022

West Coast Swing Gets Underway in the California Desert

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by Roz Roberts III

After a successful trip to Hawaii, Michael Thompson and the rest of the PGA Tour are headed to California this week for the American Express which is held on three courses in La Quinta near Palm Springs.  Michael comes in hot after he finished tied for fifth at the Sony Open.  The American Express will once again be a pro-am played in foursomes for the first three rounds.  Amateurs were excluded last year due to COVID restrictions.

Michael will be playing his first three rounds with Martin Trainer.  They, and their amateur partners, will tee off from the tenth hole at the Pete Dye Stadium Course at 10:00am PT.  Shotlink data will only be available at the Stadium Course.

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Friday, January 14, 2022

Thompson Heads Into the Weekend in 4th

 
by Roz Roberts III

After two great rounds at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Michael Thompson sits in solo fourth place at ten under par heading into the weekend.  Michael carded a seven under par 63 on Thursday and a three under par 67 on Friday.  His round on Friday was highlighted by his scrambling and he avoided carding a single bogey despite some errant tee shots.  

For Saturday's third round, he will be paired with Matt Kuchar in the penultimate group.  They tee off at 1:30pm Hawaii time (3:30pm PT).  

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Thompson Starting 2022 Tour Schedule in Hawaii

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 by Roz Roberts III

After a short holiday break, Michael Thompson gets his 2021-2022 PGA Tour season back under way at the Sony Open in Hawaii.  The PGA Tour's "Aloha Swing" concludes this week at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

Michael will be grouped with Erik Van Rooyen and Richy Werenski.  They tee off from hole #1 on Thursday at 8:20am local time (10:20am PT).


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