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Thompson wins the Honda Classic

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The tough conditions at the Champions Course at PGA National in Palm Beach, Fla., saw most of the field at The Honda Classic fall apart on the final day. But through it all, one player held on.

Alabama alum Michael Thompson held off a strong field which included world No. 1 Rory McIlroy and No. 2 Tiger Woods to capture his first PGA Tour title. It took 61 starts for the former SEC Player of the Year to get into the winner’s circle, and with this victory, he is granted an invite to The Masters.

Thompson finished the tournament with a 9-under 271 total, firing a 69 in the final round and being one of only four players in the field to shoot under par on Sunday. He entered the day tied with Luke Guthrie for the lead at 8-under.

As Thompson flourished under Sunday’s tough conditions, Guthrie faltered. He stumbled home with a 73 and finished third — shooting 5 under — to give him the best finish of his young career.

Geoff Ogilvy made a late charge, shooting 1-under Sunday, and finished second at 7-under. He earned a spot back in the top-50 in the Official World Golf Rankings as well as a tee time at next weeks WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.

After starting with pars on the opening two holes, Thompson took the lead from Guthrie with a 50-foot eagle putt at the par-5 3rd. His front nine was up and down from there, with three bogeys and two birdies to go out in 1-under 34. But he settled down with pars on Nos. 10 through 15 before a bogey on No. 16 and a final birdie on the par 5 No. 18 to seal the win.

“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.”

Besides the more than $1 million that comes with winning the tournament, the win gives Thompson some other benefits. He earns exempt status through 2015 Tour season and moves to No. 11 in the FedEx Cup standings.

Thompson’s win marks the first time an American has won the Honda Classic in eight years, joining 2007 winner Mark Wilson. It is Thompson’s sixth career top-10 finish (three coming last year, two in 2011).

Next week the PGA Tour descends upon “The Blue Monster” at Doral Resort and Spa in Miami, Fla., for the WGC Cadillac Championships where defending champion Justin Rose will battle with the limited field of 60 for the $8.5 million dollar purse. The field contains the top 50 in the World Golf Rankings and Rose will contend once again against the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson.

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John Wunder was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up playing at Rainier G&CC. He moved to Southern California when he had the rare opportunity of working in the Anaheim Angels clubhouse and has been living in Cali. ever since. He has a severe passion/addiction for the game and has been a member of GolfWRX since 2005. He now works as the Director of Development and Production for The Coalition Group in Los Angeles, Calif.

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  1. Troy Vayanos

    Mar 4, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Congratulations to Michael.

    Yes another first time winner on tour and continuing this ever growing trend over the last couple of years.

    Regards

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

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Last year, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the event after four playoff holes against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. The Smith/Blixt duo will be back to defend their title, and the Kisner/Brown pairing will be back avenging their loss.

Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

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10 interesting photos from Monday at the Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures, and have WITB looks at Matt Jones and Roberto Diaz, in addition to a general gallery from the TPC Louisiana range.

Let’s dig in.

Matt Jones doesn’t need his name embroidered on his headcovers: tape and a marker will do just fine, thanks

Last week, Faaaabel the Goat. This week, someone who would eat Faaabel

Roberto Diaz: Brand agnostic

Wesley Bryan’s Taco Bell(t) lives

Homemade putting aid or soon to be seen on a Golf Channel infomercial (or both)?

UDI with a side of lead

Shaft bags: Assemble!

Roberto Diaz Fourteen RM wedge

What more do you need in life?

A bouquet of Circle T putter covers

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