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


Rory McIlroy ( 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

WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN, Cincinnati: Serena Williams barely escapes Hradecka

Serena Williams jokes with the media

MASON, OHIO — Serena Williams is back on the rise after a layoff of almost a year, won her 12th straight match in the first round of the Cincinnati Western & Southern Open.

Williams, a former world number one and 13-time Grand Slam champion, defeated Czech Lucie Hradecka 6-3, 7-6 (7/5).

She has improved her world ranking from 175th in the world to 31, winning titles in consecutive starts at Stanford and Toronto.

Hradecka, who had battled back from 1-5 down in the second set to take a 6-5 lead en route to the tiebreaker, finally double-faulted on match point.

Williams returned in June from an 11-month absence due to injury and illness, which started with a cut foot that required surgery shortly after her 2010 Wimbledon win and also included dangerous blood clots in her lungs.

Her 12-match winning streak matches Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenak for the longest on the WTA tour this year.


* The 29-year-old tennis star lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

* She is currently ranked #31 in the world with a high ranking of #1 on July 8, 2002.

* She has won 39 singles titles, 20 doubles titles.

* Has won $33 million dollars in her career.

* Has won 13 Singles Grand Slam titles.

* Has won 12 Doubles Grand Slam titles.

* Is third for titles won among active players with 39; her sister, Venus Williams has 43 and Kim Clijsters has won 41.

* At 2009 Australian Open, became leading all-time WTA prize money leader and the first professional female athlete to eclipse the $23-million mark in any professional sports league; has now exceeded $30 million.

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* Owns Aneres, a fashion design label. Official website is

* Won Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year for the third time in 2010 (also 2002, 2009).

* Has more than 2 million followers on Twitter, the highest among all tennis players.

* Began playing tennis at age 5 at public courts in Compton, California.

* Is the youngest of five girls: Lyndrea, Isha, Yetunde (died September 14, 2003) and Venus.


* Is 39-16 in tournament action in 2011.

* Overall career record is 337-193.

* The 26-year-old is from Prague, Czech Republic.

* Is ranked 49th in the world with a highest ranking of 41 on June 6, 2011.

* She is coached by Jiri Fencl.

* Started playing tennis at age 4.


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Sabbatini holds on to win Honda Classic

Rory Sabbatini practicing at 2008 U.S. Open (photo by Jeffrey Gordon & Austin 512 via wikipedia commons)

Rory Sabbatini began the final round of the torunament with a big lead, had to stave-off several challenges on the back nine and shot an even-par 70 for a one-shot win in the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Sabbatini sank a 2-foot par putt on #18 to finish at 9-under-par 271.

He earned his first PGA Tour title since the 2009 Byron Nelson Championship and sixth on Tour.

Y.E. Yang birdied the final hole for a closing 66 to finish 8 under par.

Jerry Kelly, who played in the final threesome with Sabbatini and Yang, shot a 67 and took third at 7 under par.

Info courtesy of PGA TOUR

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