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Golf-Thompson's first PGA Title is a Classic
American Michael Thompson notched his first win on the PGA Tour on Sunday at the Honda Classic to win by two strokes over major winner Geoff Ogilivy.

Bolstered by a magnificent 50-foot putt for eagle on his third hole, Thompson's short game was firing on all cyclinders as he cruised to a  9-under 271 - a victory that will see him hit the big time.

First the World Golf Championship at Doral next week, then two more later in the year at Firestone and Shanghai. Not to mention a trip to the PGA Championship and that two-year PGA Tour exemption.

In a torrid and difficult PGA National that was hardly helped by strong winds, Thompson's performance stood as exceptional; he was one of of only three player not to shoot over par during the tournament.

"You don't have to do much wrong to be making a bogey out there, so it's pretty impressive," Ogilvy said, praising the man who bested him. "It's a great effort, really. As you say by the rest of the scores, it's a very hard golf course and it seems to get progressively harder in some ways. There's a disaster waiting everywhere.

"There's a lot of golf courses on tour that it might be easy to close out a golf tournament - or easier - but this is not one of them."

Not too shabby for Thompson who made a 78-80 at Rivieria just two weeks ago and must have thought that elusive Tour win was further away than ever.

"This is everything," Thompson said. "This is a childhood dream come true. I've dreamed of playing out here since I was 7 years old and to win, it's just unbelievable. I just can't put it into words. The whole day was awesome."

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