Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson
36-Year-Old Golfer
2019–20 Fantasy Outlook
Thompson was fairly productive in his first four years on the PGA Tour, securing his card at the end of each of those four seasons. His next four seasons weren't nearly as productive as he failed to crack the top-125 during any of those seasons. This past season was by far his best in the past five years, but he probably set the bar too high for salary cap purposes. Thompson has rarely flashed much upside over the past decade and as such, high price is too high for this season. Read Past Outlooks
Putts well on bermuda in Hawaii
January 11, 2021
Thompson fired a four-under 69 on Sunday at the Sentry Tournament of Champions to finish 15-under and tied for 21st.
Thompson rebounded from a first-round 73 by playing his final 54 holes in a collective 15-under-par, tallying 15 birdies and two eagles to just four bogeys during this span. A lack of distance caused him to lose nearly five strokes off the tee on the Plantation Course, but he ranked second among the field in SG: Putting and 11th in SG: Approach. He's now threatening to rejoin the top-100 of the Official World Golf Ranking as he enters the Sony Open, where he's made the cut in back to back appearances.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
In the 2016-17 season, Thompson paced the PGA Tour in strokes gained: putting, and in 2017-18 he was 14th. But little else can be said for the journeyman who failed to earn a single top-10 in 2017-18. He's earned between $500,000 and $600,000 each of the last four seasons, so expect more of the same from the Alabama alum.
Thompson has fallen off the map since his defining win at the Honda Classic in 2013, earning just one top-10 finish in each of the last four seasons. Last year he hit a new low by missing the cut in more than half of his 21 starts, but somehow he still led the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Putting. While you try to process that, keep Thompson on the backburner, as he will continue to provide declining value for fantasy squads.
Thompson has steadily regressed since notching his lone PGA Tour win in 2013, barely making half his cuts the past two seasons. He averaged 25 starts those two seasons, so it's not like he didn't have opportunities to get inside the top-125. There's scant evidence that will change this season.
Four years on the PGA Tour for Thompson and four times inside the top-125. His success has varied though from "just good enough" to "pretty darn good". Last year Thompson clocked-in at "just good enough". His rookie season was much the same as he played well enough to secure his card, but did little to garner much attention. The two years in-between however, Thompson made a bit of noise earning $1.4 and $1.7 million respectively. It is because of those two years in the middle that Thompson is an intriguing pick in salary cap leagues this year. The risk is low because of his price, yet the upside appears to be somewhat limited. In draft leagues he should go around the 10th round.
Thompson is a tough guy to figure out. Is he the guy who won the Honda Classic in 2013 and contended at the 2012 U.S. Open, or is he the guy who's done little outside those two events? Many young players show a pattern like this early in their careers and unfortunately, these players either find the consistency or they don't, there's no way to tell at this stage. With that said, without the consistency, Thompson's number is just too high this year.
Thompson made an improbable run at the 2012 U.S. Open where he ended up just outside the winner's circle. That week he earned nearly $700K, almost half his season total. That gives you an idea of how he played outside that one glorious week in June. Obviously, with a track record like that, you don't want any piece of Thompson this season in salary cap formats. The upside to Thompson is that he'll get to play the U.S. Open again this year, and you never know. In draft leagues, he's a ninth-round pick at best.
Nothing flashy about Thompson's rookie year on the PGA Tour - 15 cuts made in 25 events, six Top-25s and two Top-5s. His best finish came at the McGladrey Classic in October when he finished third. There's not a lot to go on with Thompson as his resume is pretty thin, both on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour.
Thompson spent his entire 2010 season on the Hooters Tour, which is a notch below the Nationwide Tour. He dominated there, however, and winning has a way of carrying over. Sure, it's a huge step up for Thompson this year, but he's still playing the same game, so expect some success this season.
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Listed in Sentry TOC field
January 4, 2021
Thompson (undisclosed) is listed in the field for this week's Sentry Tournament of Champions.
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Withdraws from RSM Classic
November 15, 2020
Thompson has withdrawn his name from the field for this week's RSM Classic due to an undisclosed reason, Rob Bolton of PGATour.com reports.
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Gets first PGA Tour win since 2013
July 26, 2020
Thompson won the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities by two shots with a four-under 67 on Sunday.
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T8 at RBC Heritage
June 21, 2020
Thompson closed with a four-under 67 in the final round of the RBC Heritage to finish in a tie for eight place.
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Ball-striking needs improvement
April 2, 2020
Thompson is currently 191st in the FedExCup standings through 11 starts this season.
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