When all of the dust settled at the Honda Classic, it wasn’t Tiger Woods or Dustin Johnson or one of golf’s other megastars that came out on top. Michael Thompson took home the trophy from his first career PGA Tour victory. He was able to hold on to a two shot victory over Geoff Ogilvy.
Thompson’s co-leader after the third round, Luke Guthrie, carded a final round 73 to finish in third place, four shots off of the pace. Guthrie wasn’t the only person to struggle in the home stretch, as Woods and Lee Westwood both finished the event shooting a 74 in the final round.
The weather over the weekend at the PGA National Champion Course, combined with the layout of the course and the contour of the greens made scoring incredibly difficult, especially over the weekend. After a first round 65, Branden Grace shot 75 and 81 over the last two days while Nicolas Colsaerts fired a 79 in the fourth round.
The 27 year old Thompson did exactly what he needed to in order to secure the victory and the $1 million that came along with it. His final round included four bogeys, but more importantly, he also carded three birdies and an eagle, which put him one under par on the day. Heading into this event, I don’t think many people predicted that the winner of this even would have an aggregate weekend score of one under par. The weather dictated that, and Thompson was able to hang onto the lead that he took into the final round.
This win moved Thompson from 197th in the FedEx Cup standings to 11th. Not bad for a few days’ work.