March 3, 2013
Michael Thompson wins Honda Classic, first PGA title
By TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

Michael Thompson of the U.S. celebrates after sinking a putt on the 18th hole that won him the Honda Classic golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida March 3, 2013. (REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity)

Michael Thompson beat the wind, the Bear Trap and a star-studded field to win his first PGA Tour title Sunday at the Honda Classic.

The 27-year-old from Birmingham, Ala., finished at 9-under through 72 holes at PGA National’s Champion Course to beat Geoff Ogilvy by two strokes and pick up his first win in his 61st Tour event.

Thompson finished tied for second at the U.S. Open at Olympic Club last June and all week he compared the course, the field and the playing conditions to those you would find in a major.

“I’ve been dreaming of playing out here since I was seven years old,” Thompson said. “To win out here is unbelievable.”

Thompson started the final round tied with fellow American Luke Guthrie, but was one of only five players in the field of 75 to shoot under par Sunday. Thompson took the lead and held it after making an eagle 3 on the third hole. At that point he was at 10-under and had a three-stroke lead.



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