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Honda Classic win is first PGA title for Thompson

Michael Thompson (courtesy Alabama)

University of Alabama product Michael Thompson walked up the fairway to the 18th green with a one-shot lead in the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

He stood in the 18th fairway with a one-shot lead was 240 yards from the flag. In his way was a large lake.

No problem as he hit a 5-wood into the left bunker to set up an easy sand shot and a birdie he didn’t even need.

By closing with a 1-under-par 69, Thompson became a PGA Tour winner for the first time.

He was two shots better than Geoff Ogilvy.

 

Info compiled from PGA Tour

 

Bad start to 2013 by McIlroy continues with withdrawal from Honda Classic; Guthrie leads after two rounds

Rory McIlroy (Megasportsnews.com photo)

Northern Ireland golf star Rory McIlroy has not had the start to the PGA Tour season that would suit his taste.

In three tournaments, the 23-year-old fan favorite, missed the cut in Abu Dhabi, lost in the first round of the Match Play Championship and in a bizarre twist on Friday, withdrew from the Honda Classic after 26 holes.

Conflicting stories from the tournament said that McIlroy, the world’s top-ranked golfer, mentally was not ready to play golf or he had a tooth ache.

But the fact is, he walked off the course in the middle of the second round at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

McIlroy was a stunning 7-over-par through eight holes when his second shot went into the water on the 18th hole. He gave his golf club to his caddy, shook hands with his playing partners, turned in the scorecard and walked to the parking lot.

An hour later, his management company issued a statement saying McIlroy was bothered by a sore wisdom tooth.

(courtesy Honda Classic)

In other news from the classic, Luke Guthrie shot a 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead at the halfway point. Guthrie, a University of Illinois product, is at 9-under 131 after two rounds, ahead of Michael Thompson who is second after shooting a 65 on Saturday.

Tiger Woods is nine shots off the lead after shooting his second straight 70 and barely made the cut with a late charge.

Camilo Villegas, the first-round leader, shot a 77 and missed the cut.

 

Info compiled from PGA Tour & Honda Classic

McIlroy replaces Donald as World’s number-1 golfer

 

Rory McIlroy (megasportsnews.com photo)

In the latest world golf rankings amongst the men, Rory McIlroy has replaced Luke Donald as number-1 in the world.

Donald had to finish among the top eight at the RBC Heritage to remain in the top position, but he finished 14th behind the winner Carl Pettersson.

Donald was ranked number-1 for a 40-week run, which ended after the Honda Classic last month which was won by McIlroy.

Donald was able to recapture the top spot two weeks later with his win at the Transitions Championship.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Golf news

McIlroy new #1 golfer with win in Honda Classic; Woods finishes 2nd

 

Rory McIlroy (megasportsnews.com photo)

22-year-old Northern Ireland native Rory McIlroy won the 2012 edition of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and played like the world’s #1 golfer in the process.

He made clutch shots on the way to the win. With a two-shot lead on the par-5 18th hole and made par to close with a 1-under-par 69 and the win he needed to dislodge Luke Donald from the top spot in the world golf rankings.

McIlroy is the 16th player to be named #1 in the world, and the second-youngest behind Tiger Woods, who was 21 when he first became #1 after the 1997 U.S. Open.

Speaking of Woods, he is playing like his old self again.

He made two eagles in the final round and wound up two shots behind, along with Tom Gillis, who birdied the last hole for a 69.

Woods finished at 270, his lowest 72-hole score since he carded a 265 at the 2009 BMW Championship, his last PGA Tour win.

McIlroy, who finished the tournament at 12-under 268, won for the fifth time in his career.

 

 

Info compiled from PGA Tour news

Overton’s 64 pushes him atop Byron Nelson Championship

 

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Jeff Overton (file photo)

Jeff Overton shot a bogey-free, 6-under-par 64 to take the first-round lead at the Byron Nelson Championship, a stroke better than Ryan Palmer.

Overton had four birdies in his first seven holes on Thursday at TPC Four Seasons in Irving, Texas.

Overton has only finished better than 20th only once in 2011, placing sixth at the Honda Classic in March.

 

 

Info courtesy of the PGA Tour

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