June 26 2011
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Six years ago, Michael Thompson, like a lot of other people, was displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Thompson was in school at Tulane at the time. Katrina hit in August of 2005 and the school dropped the golf program by that December.
He transferred to Alabama, where he spent two years improving his game -- “Katrina to me has always been a blessing in disguise,” Thompson said. “I would have stayed at Tulane and who knows where I would be now.”
Where Thompson is this week is near the top of the leaderboard after a career-best 62 to finish his week at the Travelers Championship at 18 under. In a season in which Thompson, a rookie on the PGA TOUR this year after kicking around the Hooters Tour and eventually the Nationwide Tour, has just two top-25s, he also has a career-best result.
What was the turnaround for Thompson?
His driving, which he worked on with his instructor Susie Myers over the last month. Sunday it paid dividends.
“My putting's always been my strength, but off the tee I've struggled, and in the last month or two, I've really come into my own in terms of being able to hit fairways and get myself in position to hit good shots,” Thompson said.