Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 6/14/12
The TV cameras didn't show up until Michael Thompson was far enough in front to stumble in and still keep the first-round lead in the U.S. Open. Instead of feeling slighted, he was mildly amused. It's the kind of thing that happens to Thompson all too often. ''The way I look at it is I've always kind of flown under the radar,'' he said after a 4-under 66 Thursday left him three shots clear of a pack of pursuers led by Tiger Woods. ''Obviously, my name's in the spotlight,'' he added, ''but a lot of people don't know who I am.'' That crowd used to include the folks who tote up golf's world rankings. When Thompson made his pro debut in 2008, another pro with the same name was already in the ranking archives, so he was assigned ''X'' as his middle initial. When he finally earned his tour card, Thompson, whose middle name is Hayes, was correctly entered into the system as Michael H. Thompson. But it wasn't until he finished third in a tournament in Thailand and actually saw his wor...
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