Michael Thompson (golfer)

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Michael Thompson
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Michael Hayes Thompson
Born (1985-04-16) April 16, 1985 (age 29)
Tucson, Arizona
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Birmingham, Alabama
Spouse Rachel Thompson
Career
College Tulane University
University of Alabama
Turned professional 2008
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Former tour(s) Hooters Tour
Professional wins 2
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Other 1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T25: 2013
U.S. Open T2: 2012
The Open Championship CUT: 2012, 2013
PGA Championship T22: 2013

Michael Hayes Thompson (born April 16, 1985) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Amateur career[edit]

Thompson attended University High School in Tucson, Arizona from 1999 to 2003. While there he won the Class 4A state team championship in 2003, and was named the Arizona High School State Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003. Thompson attended Tulane University two seasons until they disbanded their golf team after Hurricane Katrina. Thompson then transferred to the University of Alabama. While playing on Alabama's golf team, Thompson was the 2008 SEC Player of the Year.

Thompson was a finalist in the 2007 U.S. Amateur, but was defeated by Colt Knost 2 & 1. This earned him invitations to the 2008 Masters Tournament and the 2008 U.S. Open. He missed the cut in the Masters but was the low amateur at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. He scored a nine-over-par 292 to finish in 28th place. The following week he was invited to play in the Travelers Championship, where he made the cut and shot a three-under-par 277 to finish tied for 58th.

Professional career[edit]

Thompson spent one week as number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking before turning professional in July 2008. In 2010 Thompson played on the Hooters Tour, and was named the 2010 Hooters Tour Player of the Year. In the 2010 PGA Tour Q-School, Thompson finished tied for 16th, which earned him a 2011 PGA Tour card.[1]

After earning his spot through sectional qualifying, Thompson led after the first round of the 2012 U.S. Open after shooting a four-under par round of 66, which included seven birdies, to lead by three strokes. This was the low round of the week. He followed this up with rounds of 75-74 to enter the final round six back of the leaders. Thompson then completed a three-under par round of 67 to hold the clubhouse lead at +2, until Webb Simpson bettered it by a stroke. Thompson finished tied for second with Graeme McDowell to record his best finish in a major championship. Thompson moved up over 50 places in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) to 52nd with this finish.

After a number of players withdrew due to injury or personal reasons, Thompson earned entry into the 2012 Open Championship as an alternate due to his OWGR ranking. He went on to miss the cut.

Thompson earned his first PGA Tour win at the 2013 Honda Classic. The win moved Thompson to a career-high 45th in the OWGR, up from 114th before the tournament.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Thompson attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America while in high school. He is married to Rachel Thompson, who is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and an Emory University graduate. She caddied for Thompson during his only win on the regular Hooters Tour. The two met while attending Tulane University together.[3]

Professional wins (2)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Mar 3, 2013 The Honda Classic –9 (67-65-70-69=271) 2 strokes Australia Geoff Ogilvy

NGA Hooters Tour wins (1)[edit]

  • 2010 Michelob Ultra Classic

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Masters Tournament CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP T25
U.S. Open T28LA DNP DNP DNP T2 CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T22

LA = Low Amateur
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
U.S. Open 0 1 0 1 1 1 3 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
Totals 0 1 0 1 1 3 9 4
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 2 (2008 U.S. Open – 2012 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of players getting tour cards
  2. ^ "Michael Thompson takes Honda". ESPN. Associated Press. March 3, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Michael Thompson - About

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