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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 takes his talents to Greensboro, North Carolina, for this week's Wyndham Championship.
The University of Alabama product is a perfect 2-for-2 in his career at the Wyndham. His season form is not as favorable, missing the cut in half of his 26 starts this season. Thompson has played the Barclays in four straight editions, but he is in danger of missing out as he currently ranks 145th in the FedExCup standings. Aug 19 - 6:36 PM

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Michael Thompson trotted around Grand National's Lake Course in 4-under-par 35-32=67 in today's opening round of the Barbasol Championship.

Thompson transferred to the University of Alabama after Hurricane Katrina triggered the shutdown of the golf team at Tulane University. The Barbasol Championship is the first PGA TOUR event in Alabama since the 1990 PGA Championship at Shoal Creek in Birmingham. He performed like he never left the state, rolling six birdies against two bogeys. Thompson birdied five of his first six holes, three of which dropping from 11-16 feet. He walked off positioned three shots back of the clubhouse lead.
Jul 16 - 7:00 PM

Michael Thompson lapped TPC Deere Run in 5-under-par 34-32=66 in today's opening round of the John Deere Classic, finishing three strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Thompson went 4-for-4 in scrambling but couldn't avoid squaring a 5 at the par-4 fourth hole where he three-putted from 40'5". Elsewhere, he buried six birdies, including gems from 23'6" and 26'2" at the 14th and 16th holes, respectively. He also poured in a par save from 12'8" at the par-4 eighth hole. Despite a T3 four weeks ago in Memphis, the 30-year-old is 132nd in the FedExCup standings. He isn't yet fully exempt for 2015-16.
Jul 9 - 1:53 PM

Michael Thompson rallied to a 4-under-par 36-30=66 in today's final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic and his 8-under, 72-hole aggregate of 272 is good for a share of the clubhouse lead with Phil Mickelson and Seung-Yul Noh.

Whatever happens, it's been a hugely successful week for Thompson in Memphis. First, he hadn't cashed a paycheck in two prior visits to the St. Jude and second, he's has firm grasp on his first top 10 in his 2014-15 campaign (19 starts) with his previous season-best of T11 at the Farmers Insurance Open going by the wayside. The 30-year-old began the day at 4-under (T15) and five adrift of the 54-hole leaders. It was not the sort of start that he was hoping for, 1-over thru his first 12 holes, squaring three bogeys against two birdies. The rally began with a pitch-in birdie at the par-4 13th however, and went into overdrive, playing his last three holes in 3-3-3. That equates to eagle-birdie-birdie, with the eagle coming in hole-out fashion from 22 yards left of the target on 16 and yet another hole-out from off the green at the 17th for the birdie-3.
Jun 14 - 5:08 PM

Michael Thompson descends upon TPC Southwind for this week's playing of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Thompson missed the cut by three in last year's edition on rounds of 70-73. He shot 73-73 to MC in 2011 as well, his only other TPC Southwind appearance. There hasn't been much to write home about this season either, claiming just one top 25 (T11, Farmers Insurance Open) on 18 starts. Other than that, the 30-year-old's general direction currently is to cash checks on alternating starts. Beginning with a T67 at the Shell Houston Open he's followed with MC-T48-MC-T28-MC-T46. The trend begs for another missed weekend in Memphis.
Jun 9 - 2:37 PM

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

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