Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson
34-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
Solo 70th at PLAYERS Championship
March 18, 2019
Thompson closed with a four-over 76 on Sunday at the PLAYERS Championship to finish even-par and alone in 70th place.
Thompson failed to break par in either round over the weekend, adding seven bogeys and a pair of doubles in his last 36 holes. He lost nearly four strokes tee-to-green, finishing with a GIR percentage of less than 60 percent. Thompson, who racked up five straight top-20s from the Desert Classic through the Honda Classic, has since finished 70-MC in his last two starts. He'll tee it up again this week at the Valspar Championship, where he's made the cut in two of five appearances.
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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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Adds another top-20
March 4, 2019
Thompson closed with a two-over 72 on Sunday at the Honda Classic to finish two-under and tied for 16th.
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T7 at Riviera
February 18, 2019
Thompson closed with a one-under 70 on Sunday at the Genesis Open to finish eight-under and tied for seventh.
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Added to Genesis Open
February 11, 2019
Thompson was added to the field for this week's Genesis Open, Rob Bolton of PGATour.com reports.
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Extends hot streak
February 11, 2019
Thompson closed with a six-under 66 on Sunday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to finish 10-under and tied for 10th.
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Second straight top-15
January 28, 2019
Thompson carded a one-under 71 in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open to finish in a tie for 13th place.
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