Michael Thompson

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Career Highlights
2013: Enjoyed a solid season, highlighted by his first career PGA TOUR win early in the year. Successfully navigated his way through the first three FedExCup Playoffs events, before settling in at No. 66 with 938 points. Made a birdie-4 on the 72nd hole of The Honda Classic to post a 1-under 69 and join just four others to break 70 Sunday at PGA National. The birdie at 18 gave him a two-stroke victory over Geoff Ogilvy for his first PGA TOUR title. The win snapped a streak of international winners at The Honda Classic, which dated to 2008. With the win, he earned a spot into the following week’s World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. The win also made him the third player in his 20s to win on TOUR during the campaign, joining Dustin Johnson and Russell Henley.

One week after winning in Palm Beach Gardens, finished T8 at the Cadillac Championship in his first World Golf Championships start. Next top-10 finish came in late spring, at the Memorial Tournament. Opened and closed with 3-under 69s to finish T8 with four others. The performance was his first top-10 in six starts at Muirfield Village GC. Closed with a final-round, 5-under 66 at the Deutsche Bank Championship to remain inside the top 70 in FedExCup standings (63rd) and advance to the BMW Championship in the Playoffs. Did not advance to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

2012: Qualified for he FedExCup Playoffs for the second consecutive season. Finished a personal-best 92nd in the final FedExCup standings. Opened the season with a T6 finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii, finishing at 10-under 270, three strokes behind champion Johnson Wagner. Recorded a final-round 3-under 67 to take the clubhouse lead at the U.S. Open before eventually finishing a career-best T2 in his second U.S. Open appearance (T29 in 2008). Finished just one stroke behind champion Webb Simpson in his third-career start in a major championship (missed cut at 2008 Masters). Best major finish came on the same Olympic Club course where he lost, 2 and 1, to Colt Knost in the final match of the 2007 U.S. Amateur.

Finished T13 at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, closing with three rounds in the 60s. Extended his streak of rounds in the 60s to seven, with four sub-70 rounds at The McGladrey Classic, finishing T10 for his third top-10 finish of the season. It was his second consecutive top 10 at Sea Island after finishing solo third in 2011. Owns eight rounds in the 60s in as many attempts at The McGladrey Classic.

2011: In his rookie year, claimed a pair of top-five finishes. In just two Web.com Tour starts, finished sixth at the Melwood Prince George’s Open, thanks to four sub-par rounds. After a bogey on the opening hole in the final round of the Travelers Championship, closed with nine birdies for an 8-under 62 to finish fourth at TPC River Highlands.

Previous-low round on the TOUR was a 65—posted as an amateur during the first round of the 2008 Travelers Championship (finished T59) and the second round during his professional debut at the 2008 Valero Texas Open (finished T28). His 62 fell just one shy of the lowest fourth-round score at the Travelers Championship, set by Scott Verplank in 2001 and Brad Faxon in 2005. Fourth-place finish became his first top 10 in 17 career starts on TOUR.

Next top 10 came 11 starts later, where rounds of 65-65-67 led to a one-stroke, 54-hole lead over Billy Horschel at the McGladrey Classic. He fired a final-round, 1-under 69 that left him with a career-best solo-third place finish. Entered the 72nd hole tied at 15-under with Ben Crane and Webb Simpson but pushed his drive into the hazard en route to a bogey-5. At one point, he had a streak of 43 holes without a bogey before carding two on the back nine Sunday that dashed his title hopes. Silver lining was he moved from No. 116 to No. 94 on the official money list to secure his card for the 2012 season. The third-place finish came on the same Seaside Course where, as an amateur at Alabama in 2007, he finished second at the Southeastern Conference Championship to help the Crimson Tide to a fourth-place team finish.

Late in the year, traveled to Bangkok for the Thailand Golf Championship. Played steadily throughout and finished third in his Asian Tour debut, eight strokes behind winner Lee Westwood. 2010: Winner of the Michelob Ultra Classic on the NGA Hooters Tour and went on to win Rookie of the Year honors. 2009: Missed the cut in his first two career starts on the PGA TOUR, at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Amateur: Won three tournaments at Tulane University. After transferring to the University of Alabama, won the 2008 Southeastern Conference individual championship. Earned first-team All-America honors in 2008. At Frederica GC on St. Simons Island, Ga., he won SEC medalist honors and helped his team take top honors, as well. He went on to become the SEC Golfer of the Year that season. Finalist for the 2008 Ben Hogan Award (finished second to Rickie Fowler). Low amateur at the 2008 U.S. Open. Member of the 2008 Palmer Cup team. Second-team All-American in 2007. Runner-up at the 2007 U.S. Amateur, losing to Colt Knost. Attended University High School in Tucson, Ariz., from 1999 to 2003. While there he won the Class 4A state team championship in 2001, and was named the Arizona High School State Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003.

Attended Tulane University two seasons until the school disbanded its golf team after Hurricane Katrina. Transferred to the University of Alabama. While playing on Alabama’s golf team, was the 2008 SEC Player of the Year.