With the Champion Course at PGA National in Palm Beach, Fla. playing like it was ready to host the U.S. Open on Sunday, Michael Thompson seized the moment to claim his first win on the PGA.
Michael Thompson began this day tied for first with Luke Guthrie at eight-under. He shot a one-under 69 on Sunday and won by two. That is just how hard the course was playing on this day.
High and shifting winds left players struggling to go low on Sunday. As a result, Matt Jones posted the lowest score of the day at 68, and just five players broke par for the day.
Check out the final leaderboard, and then we'll get on with the recap and add some highlights.
Final Leaderboard for 2013 Honda Classic
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Michael Thompson not only earned his first PGA win, but it was just the sixth top-10 finish for the 27-year-old, who turned pro in 2008. Also, it was a stunning turnaround for Thompson. His last time on the course, at the Northern Trust Open, he was dead last at 16 over par.
So it's easy to see why he is elated in his post-round interview:
While Thompson was one of the few players to have an under-par round on Sunday, it certainly wasn't easy. He needed a birdie on the closing hole to secure that score. He also needed this remarkable effort on the par-five third hole.
As for Thompson's co-leader to start the day, Luke Guthrie—like most players—struggled on Sunday.
He hung in there by shooting a one-over 36 on the front, but he couldn't right the ship on the back, despite this nice effort for birdie on No. 13:
Guthrie double-bogeyed the very next hole and finished his round with a 73.
With Guthrie falling back down the leaderboard, this tournament was Thompson's to lose. The conditions were way too tough to expect anyone to surpass Thompson. He was going to have to give the strokes back, and he was too smart and solid for this to happen.
Tiger Woods must be envious. The legend was anything but solid on Sunday. After three straight even-par 70s to start this tournament, Woods fired a 74 on Sunday, and that was despite the fact he hit two birdies and an eagle on Sunday.
Check out his brilliant eagle on No. 18 to bring his tournament to a close:
Unfortunately for Woods, the winds wreaked havoc on his already shaky stroke off the tee.
Woods found the water twice and also received a lost-ball penalty.
Woods' inconsistent play seemed appropriate for this tournament—it was a wild and unpredictable one.
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