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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

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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

Michael Thompson will get introduced to Ridgewood Country Club at The Barclays this week.

Thompson has earned seven top-20 finishes on his way to his current 106th ranking in the FedExCup standings. Not too bad considering that represents 33% of his starts this season. Entering the week ranked 8th in strokes gained-putting, he is capable of advancing onto stage two of the Playoffs if his iron-game gives him a look at enough birdie putts. That makes Thompson a very fantasy-viable option this week at Ridgewood.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 08:16:00 AM

Michael Thompson earned a top 25 in the 2011 Wyndham Championship and is back for another look at Sedgefield Country Club.

Thompson enters the week in a very similar circumstance as 2011, as he ranked 108th in the FedExCup standings prior to that top 25 and enters this week ranked 102nd. He ranks 37th in birdie average with 3.71 per round, a very necessary skill this week on a course that is easier than average. With three missed cuts in his last four, look for Thompson to right the ship this week prior to next week's Playoff opener.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 11:54:00 AM

Michael Thompson crafted a third-round 6-under-par 32-32=64 to capture The Greenbrier Classic clubhouse lead at 8-under 202.

Thompson's only bogey was suffered at the opening hole. He got back on the horse with a 20'5" birdie on the par-4 fifth and never looked back. The highlight of his round was a 5'4" eagle at the par-5 12th. Birdies are flying at The Old White TPC on Saturday, so it remains to be seen how he will sit at the end of 54 holes.
Sat, Jul 5, 2014 02:28:00 PM

Michael Thompson crafted a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening round.

He hit 14 greens in regulation and rattled in four birdies. The set featured conversions from 22'9" at the par-4 11th hole and 14'1" at the par-5 17th. Thompson signed his card sitting just two strokes off the clubhouse lead. He arrived at the tournament ranked 97th in the FedExCup standings.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 03:03:00 PM

Michael Thompson missed the cut in The Greenbrier Classic in 2011 and makes his second journey to The Old White TPC this week.

Thompson enters the tournament having missed his last two cuts, so the converging trends of current form and course history aren't the best. At 10th in strokes gained-putting, he certainly has the ability to get hot on any given week and make a charge up the leaderboard. At 97th in the FedExCup standings, he should be in solid shape to make the Playoffs.
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 09:01:00 PM

Michael Thompson shot a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in his opening round of the Memorial, walking off one stroke off the clubhouse lead.

All six of Thompson's top 30s this season are top 20s, two of which occurring in his last three starts. So, while he's 84th in FedExCup points, he's served as a sneaky investment all season. Today he overcame a lone two-putt bogey at the par-4 17th with six birdies. The set featured conversions from 11'8" and 29'10" at Nos. 9 and 11, respectively. He also rolled in a par save from 10'10" at 1 to spark the round.
Thu, May 29, 2014 01:51:00 PM

Michael Thompson departs the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial with a final-round 4-under-par 33-33=66.

The putter was absolutely the key to his round, with six of his seven birdies falling from outside of 11 feet. The longest came at the par-5 11th from 25'9". All told, he landed 14 GIR and gained just shy of two strokes with that hot flat stick. He ends his tournament as the first man in the clubhouse at 6-under 274.
Sun, May 25, 2014 02:06:00 PM

Michael Thompson turned in a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship, moving inside the top 10 at 7-under 209.

Thompson circled six birdies, with an 11'7" effort at the par-5 seventh and a 22'11" roll at the par-4 14th standing out. He did swallow a trio of bogeys, including on at the difficult closing hole to end his round. While he has four top-20 finishes this season, he has yet to crack a top 10. A solid final round at Quail Hollow on Sunday would change that.
Sat, May 3, 2014 05:06:00 PM