Day one is in the books at the U.S. Open being played this year at the Olympic Club in San Francisco CA. Interest is high because Tiger is prowling. He is currently in second, 3 shots behind the day one leader – Michael Thompson. He was the 2 time High School player of the year in High School. He then went to New Orleans where he played at Tulane University until Hurricane Katrina forced the team to disband. He transferred to University of Alabama where he was the 2008 SEC player of the year. After college, he turned pro, and was named the 2010 player of the year in the Hooters tour, where he won 2 events and later, would earn his tour card. He joined the PGA for the 2011 season. His best ever showing at a Major tournament was in 2008 where he was the low amateur (shooting a +9) tied for 28th.
For Thompson, the cushion that he has after day one is nice, but there is still a lot of
golf to go. Last season, though, he had an “epiphany” as the website ThompsonTides.com says (it is a website that tracks Thompson’s pro career). In November of 2011, the website put together their top 5 moments from Thompson’s season last year. #4 was a tweet that Thompson shared about “better golf to come”. The reason for the change in his game – a renewed focus on God and a surrendering of control to Him. With this focus, he can be found participating in Bible Studies or actively supporting College Golf Fellowship, and a game that is turning some heads. If you want a little more insight on Michael Thompson and his life and faith, you can also check out his wife’s blog.
Their is still 54 holes to go (barring a playoff) to crown a champion, but Michael Thompson is in a good spot after round 1. I’d like to see him do well. We do have many things in common – a relationship with God, blogging wives, time spent living in New Orleans, and we even cheer on the same NFL team (geaux Saints). Tune in again tomorrow for another feature on a golfer at the U.S. Open, and an update on where the golfers I blog about this week find themselves on the leaderboard.
(After round 1, K.J. Choi is tied for 40th – in good shape for the cut, but with some work to do as he is 7 shots back)