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Michael Thompson |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/16/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 185
College: University of Alabama

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Michael Thompson followed his opening 67 at the Wells Fargo Championship with a 1-under-par 36-35=71 to post 6-under 138 at the halfway point, two swings adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Thompson shouldn't be pleased even though he signed for a red number. He hit 13 greens in regulation but fanned on five looks inside 10 feet. Two of his four birdies disappeared from 10-13 feet and he led the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green at last check with a clip of 7.392, but his strokes gained: putting for the second round read -1.826. This is what you get with him. It's why he's most valuable in a long-term format, and even then only as a complement. May 15 - 12:31 PM

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Michael Thompson carded a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship, finishing two strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Thompson tied for 11th here last year but today's score is his lowest in 11 career competitive loops of Quail Hollow Club. He went 5-for-6 in scrambling with one bogey but compensated with six birdies, including a beauty from 25-and-a-half feet at the par-4 16th hole. When he signed his card, he ranked second in the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green at 4.729. At 164th in the FedExCup standings, he needs to get his season going if he's going to qualify for the Playoffs.
May 14 - 5:50 PM

Michael Thompson turns his attention to TPC Sawgrass for this week's PLAYERS.

Thompson arrives in Florida ranked 159th on the FedExCup leaderboard. He's 8-for-14 on the season, with just one top 25 to brag about. The Crimson Tide alum currently ranks 139th in strokes gained and 177th in driving accuracy, both on the decline since last season.
May 4 - 11:26 PM

Michael Thompson had no problems in his opening round of the Shell Houston Open, hanging up a bogey-free, 4-under-par 35-33=68.

He missed only three (of 14) fairways and two greens in regulation en route to four birdies. His most notable ran 14'7" and 18'11" at the second and fifth holes, respectively. Thompson is 161st in the FedExCup standings, so he needs this jolt, but he also needs it to extend deep into the tournament. He'll turn 30 on April 16 and he's fully exempt only through this season. He signed today's card sitting five strokes off Scott Piercy's blistering pace.
Apr 2 - 3:07 PM

MIchael Thompson hopes the third time is the charm at TPC San Antonio in this week's Valero Texas Open.

While this is his fourth time to compete in this event, the first occurred before the venue shifted to TPC San Antonio in 2010. He's made one of his two cuts on the new layout, tying for 16th last year. The problem with Thompson is that he's extremely hard to peg on a weekly basis. That he's missed three off his last four cuts this season is reason enough to be wary. Throw in his penchant for spotty play, and he is a complete crapshoot this week.
Mar 24 - 9:31 PM

Michael Thompson submitted a 1-under-par 34-35=69 for his opening round of The Honda Classic, checking in one swing adrift of the clubhouse lead.

The 2013 champ missed the cut in his title defense, but he had little trouble looping PGA National today. He split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation. It yielded three birdies, the longest measuring 16'7" at the par-4 14th hole. Thompson also salvaged bogey at the par-3 17th, pouring in his fourth stroke from 10'9". He entered the week slotted 158th in the FedExCup standings with just one top-65 finish, but this is his calling card. He's quiet most of the season except for a small handful of events where he contends. It's a page right out of the books of Scott Stallings and Andres Romero.
Feb 26 - 12:39 PM

Michael Thompson chased his opening 65 at the Farmers Insurance Open with a 1-over-par 38-35=73 to post 6-under 138 at the break.

Thompson split just five (of 14) fairways, but he hit 12 greens in regulation today. Yet, he played his first 13 holes in birdie-free 4-over with four bogeys. So, he may actually feel pretty good that he strung three birdies together beginning at the par-4 fifth hole to climb back into contention. He's four strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Feb 6 - 5:49 PM

Michael Thompson spun a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in his opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines North and sits one strokes of the clubhouse lead.

He overcame piping only five (of 14) fairways with 15 greens in regulation. He circled a field-high eight birdies, including two to both begin and end the round. Thompson cashed in his last three starts, the first of the stretch also beginning with a 65 at Seaside, but he's gone eight starts without a top 60 on the board. His next step at ending that drought will be conducted on the South Course in the second round.
Feb 5 - 8:57 PM

Michael Thompson conjured up a 4-under-par 35-32=67 in the opening round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Thompson was 1-over at TPC Scottsdale through 11 holes, with a 19'11 birdie on the par-4 second hole the only bright spot. He flipped a switch starting on the par-3 12th and rattled off five birdies over his final seven holes. Four of those five birdies fell from between 11 and 23 feet, meaning the putter was clearly the key to his success. In fact, his strokes gained: putting was 4.099 at the moment of his posting.
Jan 29 - 7:21 PM

Michael Thompson picks up where he left off in the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Thompson logged all four of his starts this season during the 2014 portion of the schedule, and without much success. The two cuts he did make only resulted in a pair of T66s. After missing the cut in his first two trips to TPC Scottsdale, he rebounded with a T19 in 2014. His form entering this week is a huge mystery, but there is no reason to be overly optimistic.
Jan 27 - 8:10 PM

Michael Thompson hasn't had an easy go of things since his tie for 11th in The Greenbrier Classic late in the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season.

Thompson has secured just three of his seven cuts since that point, with nothing better than a T64 in the Wyndham Championship. Four of those starts have taken place in the 2014-15 season and, while he's made two cuts, he's failed to crack the top 65. This is actually not all that out of the ordinary for Thompson. He tends to make a disproportionately high amount of his money in a very few starts.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 02:27:00 PM

Michael Thompson has been removed from the published field of this week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Thompson opened the season 0-for-2, and the connected T66s in Sea Island and Mississippi. As a result, he's a mere 185th in the FedExCup standings entering the holiday break. We've accustomed to this spell of silence, but he always figures out a way to redeem himself. UPDATE: Kris Blanks, Mark Anderson and Benjamin Alvarado also withdrew as alternates. All are on medical extensions in the reshuffle category, so their decisions are not surprising.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 11:41:00 AM

Overnight co-leader Michael Thompson failed to capitalize on his position and settled for a 1-over-par 37-34=71 in today's second round of The McGladrey Classic.

Thompson hit 12 greens in regulation and curled in four birdies, including conversions from 14'5", 20'8" and 12'10" at Nos. 1, 3 and 9, respectively. He also hit the putting surface with his tee ball at the par-3 17th hole, but took four whacks from 39'4" and swallow a double bogey. The distance to the hole of his third putt (4'5") was longer than his second (2'11"). At 4-under 136, he's suddenly five swing adrift of 36-hole leader Russell Henley.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 07:26:00 PM

Michael Thompson enjoyed a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in his opening round of The McGladrey Classic, good for a share of the clubhouse lead.

Thompson doesn't make noise often, but he's downright automatic at Seaside where he's finished third (2011) and T10 (2012). He opened both of those editions also with a 65. Today's featured six birdies against a bogey-6 at the 15th hole. Four of his par breakers dropped in from outside 10 feet, including rolls from 19'11" and 40'5" at Nos. 8 and 11, respectively. Given the he entered this week 1-for-5 with a T64 at Sedgefield in August, there no question that he's a horse for this week's course.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 01:22:00 PM

Michael Thompson embarks on his 2014-15 season in this week's Open at Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course.

Thompson finished the 2013-14 season 117th in the FedExCup standings, and perhaps that close call with the top 125 cutoff has something to do with his schedule adjustment to include this stop. His 2013 win at The Honda Classic afforded him a two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR, but that expires at the end of this season. He skipped this event last season, but it appears he has a heightened sense of urgency to bulk up his schedule early in hopes of locking up his TOUR card as quickly as possible.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 08:59:00 PM