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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. Aug 20 - 8:16 AM

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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.
Aug 12 - 11:54 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.
Jul 5 - 2:28 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.
Jul 3 - 3:03 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.
Jun 30 - 9:01 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.
May 29 - 1:51 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.
May 25 - 2:06 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.
May 3 - 5:06 PM

Michael Thompson crafted a bogey-free, 3-under-par 34-35=69 in his second round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

Bogey-free golf at Quail Hollow is impressive no matter how executed, but Thompson hit only nine greens in regulation. A round like this is rarely without a notable par save. To wit, after missing the green just left and a bit short at the par-4 12th, he'd eventually pour in a putt from 19'11" for a 4. All of his other 17 conversions measured less than eight feet, including three birdies. At 4-under 140, he's five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
May 2 - 1:53 PM

Michael Thompson followed up his opening 66 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a 1-under-par 34-37=71 to post 7-under 137, good for very early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Thompson hit 13 greens in regulation and converted on four of those opportunities, including rolls of 15'8" and 20'11" at the fourth and 17th holes, respectively. He also squared three bogeys, each as a result of missing the GIR, but he poured in a par save from 12'11" at 5 to help ease the sting and secure a red number. It's also clinches his fifth consecutive payday. Thompson has yet to connect six in a career that dates back to 2011.
Apr 25 - 1:38 PM

Michael Thompson turned in a 6-under-par 30-36=66 for his opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, finishing just two strokes off the clubhouse lead.

As evidence by that first nine, Thompson flew out of the gates today. He converted six birdies going out, including rolls 28'3" at the 10th hole and 17'1" at 14. He also jarred a 17-yarder from off the green at 15. Bogeys at Nos. 2 and 6 limited his scrambling clip to just 1-for-3, but he countered with birdies at the par-5 seventh and par-4 eighth. His strokes gained-putting clip read 2.867 at last check. The one-time PGA TOUR winner hasn't cracked a top 15 this season, but he's 96th in FedExCup points. Today's aggregate equals his season low (7-under 66 to open the HTOC).
Apr 24 - 7:11 PM

Michael Thompson turned in a 5-under-par 31-36=67 for his opening round of the Shell Houston Open, finishing one stroke adrift of the clubhouse co-leaders.

He missed only two greens in regulation at the Golf Club of Houston today and converted on six of those looks at birdie. Four of the conversions disappeared from outside 10 feet, the longest measuring 21'6" at the par-1 first hole where he began his loop. Thompson also holed out for birdie from the fringe six yards away at 7. His only blemish came in the form of a double-bogey 6 at 10 where he found the junk well left of the fairway. At the time he signed his card, his strokes gained-putting clip sat north of 2.050.
Apr 3 - 3:31 PM

Michael Thompson posted a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in his opening round of the Valero Texas Open.

The one-time PGA TOUR winner is a very quiet 98th in FedExCup points thanks to seven paydays in nine starts, three of which resulting in top 20s. Today's walk around TPC San Antonio featured 14 greens in regulation and three birdies, including rolls from 18'2" and 14'11" at the fifth and ninth holes, respectively. He squared only one bogey (at the par-4 10th) and signed his card sitting two strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Mar 27 - 4:48 PM

Michael Thompson will be teeing it up at the Valero Texas Open for the first time since 2011.

Thompson exited the 2011 Valero after signing a second-round scorecard of 10-over-par 44-38=82. He has been quite consistent this year, having 7-of-9 cuts made to his name. The Alabama alumnus is still searching for his first top-10 finish of the season.
Mar 26 - 1:50 PM

Michael Thompson opened his title defense of The Honda Classic with a 4-over-par 39-35=74.

Thompson penciled every digit from 3 through 7 on his card today, but walked off following a birdie conversion from 34'7" at the par-4 18th hole. It was his only highlight in a round that also included three bogeys and a three-putt triple at the par-4 sixth where he found water off the tee. He was par or better in every round here last year, so while you can't yet rule out a successful title defense, he'll need to step on the gas on Friday morning just to make the cut.
Feb 27 - 6:06 PM