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).


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


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.


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