Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson
33-Year-Old Golfer
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
First top-10 since 2017
January 21, 2019
Thompson carded a final round one-under 71 to take home a share of ninth place at the Desert Classic on Sunday.
After going 17-under-par through the first three rounds, Thompson had an eventful day on the scorecard in the final round. He made an eagle and four birdies to three bogeys and a double-bogey. Thompson ranked top-15 in driving accuracy, greens in regulation, and putts per GIR for the week. This was the first top-10 anywhere since a T10 at the Puerto Rico Open in 2017. Thompson will be in the field for the Farmers Insurance Open next week.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Returning at RSM Classic
November 12, 2018
Thompson (illness) is listed in the field for this week's RSM Classic.
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Withdraws due to illness
October 25, 2018
Thompson has withdrawn from the Sanderson Farms Championship due to illness.
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Slated to play in Quicken Loans National
June 25, 2018
Thompson (neck) is listed in the field for this week's Quicken Loans National.
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Withdraws from U.S. Open qualifiers
June 4, 2018
Thompson has withdrawn from the Memphis Sectionals of U.S. Open qualifiers with neck discomfort, Johnathan Wall of the PGA Tour reports.
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Ties for 59th in Dallas
May 22, 2018
Thompson shot a final round three-under 68 to finish in a tie for 59th place at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
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