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Golf: Michael Thompson earns first PGA Tour victory

Published March 3, 2013 5:41 pm

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Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. • On a long, hard day at the Honda Classic, Michael Thompson relied on a superb short game to win for the first time on the PGA Tour.

Thompson seized control early with a 50-foot eagle putt on the third hole, then kept his distance with clutch par saves and closed with a birdie from the bunker. It gave him a 1-under 69 — one of only five rounds under par amid strong wind at PGA National — and a two-shot win over Geoff Ogilvy.

"This week was magical," said Thompson, 27, of Birmingham, Ala. "Just had a groove and kept feeling it."

Luke Guthrie, tied with Thompson for the 54-hole lead, fell behind with a bogey on the second hole and closed with a 73 to finish third.

Tiger Woods was never in the picture. He started the final round eight shots behind, and whatever hopes he had of a rally ended on the sixth hole when he hit his drive so far to the right that the ball was never found. Woods took double bogey, and only an eagle on the final hole kept the damage to a minimum. He closed with a 74 and tied for 37th.

LPGA Tour

American Stacy Lewis won the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore for her sixth career LPGA title, overcoming two bogeys and some shaky putting on the back nine to hold off South Korea's Na Yeon Choi. Lewis shot a 1-under 71 in the final round at Sentosa Golf Club to finish at 15-under 273, one stroke ahead of Choi.