March 3 2013
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Despite a bevy of major champions giving chase, Michael Thompson never wavered Sunday at The Honda Classic.
Thompson shot a final-round 69 on a breezy, blustery afternoon at PGA National to get his first career win. He finished just ahead of Geoff Ogilv, who put on a late charge but came up two strokes short.
"I wanted to just stick to a game plan just like I've been saying all week," Thompson said. "This week was magical, just find a groove, keep believing."
On a day when only four others broke par, it certainly was that for Thompson.
After an up-and-down front nine that included an eagle, two birdies and three bogeys, Thompson, who finished second in last year's U.S. Open, played it like one with six straight pars to open the back nine.
His only hiccup came on the par-4 16th, where he thre-putted for bogey. Thompson's lead shrunk to just one, but he parred the difficult par-3 17th and added one more birdie on the par-5 finishing hole to secure the win.
The victory earns Thompson 500 FedExCup points and moves him to 11th in the standings.
He also becomes the third player in his 20s to win on TOUR this year and the second first-time winer.
Luke Guthrie, who began the day tied with Thompson, finished solo third for his best finish on TOUR.
Five others -- David Lynn, Lucas Glover, Erik Compton, Keegan Bradley and Justin Rose -- tied for fourth at 3 under, six strokes back. For Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, it's his highest career finish on TOUR.