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Michael Thompson earns first PGA Tour title at Honda Classic | Golf
By The Associated Press
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 at PGA National — and a two-shot win over Geoff Ogilvy.
"This week was magical," Thompson said. "Just had a groove and kept feeling it."
It was a big week for Ogilvy, too.
The former U.S. Open champion had plunged to No. 79 in the world ranking and already missed the Match Play Championship. He was prepared for another week off next week until putting together four solid rounds.
He chipped in from behind the 16th green for birdie and two-putted for birdie on the 18th for a 69. The runner-up finish moves him into the top 50 (No. 47) and gets him into the World Golf Championship at Doral.
"I kind of penciled in a week off," Ogilvy said. "So it's nice, and it gets me back in the mix for the Masters."
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.
Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor finished at even-par 280, tied for 18th, and earned $78,240.
Stacy Lewis wins LPGA event
SINGAPORE — Stacy Lewis had a case of the jitters. She also had enough left in her game.
Lewis, the 2012 LPGA Player of the Year, won the HSBC Women's Champions on Sunday for her sixth career title on the tour. She closed with a 1-under 71, overcoming two bogeys and some shaky putting on the back nine to hold off South Korea's Na Yeon Choi by one stroke.
"The last four or five holes, I was pretty nervous, I'm not going to lie," said Lewis, who finished at 15-under 273 Sentosa Golf Club. "I just played hard and put my head down and tried to make as many putts as I could, and fortunately I came away with the win."
Choi, who had a 72, was runner-up at the tournament for the second consecutive year. She lost to Angela Stanford in a four-player playoff last year.
• Dawie Van Der Walt became the fifth South African winner in 10 2013 European Tour events with his two-shot victory at the Tshwane Open in Centurion, South Africa.
Van Der Walt shot a final round 5-under 67 to finish at 21 under for his first win on the Tour.
• Brothers Michael and Andrew Putnam of University Place tied for 15th at 277, 11 shots off the lead in the Colombia Championship in Bogota, a Web.com Tour event.
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