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March 5 2013

2:07 PM

Thompson's wedges key to win

 
 
Michael Thompson escaped from trouble all week at PGA National. (Ehrmann/Getty Images)
 
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
 
 
DORAL, Fla. — Michael Thompson's long bunker shot on the 72nd hole of the Honda Classic may have sealed the tournament for the first-time PGA TOUR winner, but it wasn't the defining shot of the tournament.

According to Thompson, the shot actually came on the par-4 10th hole. Following a bogey on the ninth, Thompson hit a 3-wood approach that went straight right before coming to rest on a bed of pine straw near the green.

Needing to get up-and-down to stop the bleeding, Thompson pulled out his Ping Anser 58-degree lob wedge from 69 yards. 

"I used my Ping Anser 58-degree wedge that has about 10 degrees of bounce off the pine straw and was just looking to clip it off the pine straw," Thompson said on Tuesday at Doral. "I thought I hit it a little bit thinner than I actually did, but it ended up coming off perfect."

Even though the shot came out lower and thinner than Thompson expected, he was still able to land it within five feet of the hole and save par. (Watch the shot here).

"I've played [Titleist] Vokey wedges all my life, so I'm used to a softer feeling metal," Thompson said. "Ping came up with the Anser that has a similar feel. I've tried their other wedges but this one felt and performed best. It definitely got the job done on Sunday in a tough spot."
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