A course designed by Jack Nicklaus proved a serious challenge to some of the world’s best golfers. Tiger Woods needed an eagle on the 18th hole of the Honda Classic to finish at 4 over par Sunday.
But Michael Thompson, 27, was study, confident, and intelligent as he managed to finish atop the leaderboard. Luke Guthrie, 23, tied with Thompson for the 54-hole lead, fell behind with a bogey on the second hole and closed with a 73 to finish third.
Thompson’s only challenge would be from the pair ahead of him on the course. Geoff Ogilvy was on fire on the last four holes. But, when he failed to make a birdie putt on the 17th, the final hole of the “bear trap”, Thompson knew all he had to do was make par on the par five 18th hole.
He placed his second shot into the green-side bunker. The blasted his shot out of the sand in close proximity to the flag. Thompson ended the day 9 under par, and won his first ever PGA tour championship.
Ogilvy, who admitted he never expected to finish in second place, packed only enough for this week. He qualified to play in next week’s Doral Open in Miami. He said “he hoped he could find a hotel room”.
Tiger talked about his lack of ability to ‘scramble’. ”I just made too many penalties this week,” Woods said. ”Today is a perfect example. I didn’t play that poorly. I had two water balls and a lost ball. Take those away, and I missed two short birdie putts, and it was actually a decent score. So just got to clean up my rounds.”
History shows Tiger loves the “Florida swing”. We’ll see what happens beginning Thursday.
Columnist-The Guardian Express