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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