Thompson had a two-shot lead over another guy who enjoys blustery conditions – Louis Oosthuizen, who honed his game along the shores of South Africa and captured the British Open last year at St. Andrews. Oosthuizen had a 67.
Thompson was at 10-under 130 on the Seaside Course. He is No. 116 on the money list and should be safe to keep his card, though a start like this can only help.