Winners and Losers from the Honda Classic

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Winners and Losers from the Honda Classic
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Michael Thompson held it together and won the Honda Classic.

The Honda Classic is not a major, but it is one of the most important tournaments of the young golf season.

You don't get Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods to compete if the tournament is not considered elite. While McIlroy and Woods finished first and second last year, neither was a factor this time around.

The PGA National Champion Course at Palm Beach Gardens is one of the most challenging courses on the tour. The famed "Bear Trap" (holes 15, 16 and 17) never fails to torment the best golfers in the world.

Michael Thompson did not have an easy time, but he held on to win the event. The tournament had drama and stellar play, along with several notable failures.

The victory was the first of the 27-year-old Thompson's career.

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