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Michael Thompson enters World Top 50 at Honda

March 4, 2013

Michael Thompson won The Honda Classic by two shots from Geoff Ogilvy, with Luke Guthrie two shots further back in third. Thompson's first PGA Tour win came in his 61st start, and was all the more surprising given his poor start to the season. Coming off three missed cuts out of four events played before the Honda (and finishing tied 78th at the Farmers Insurance Open), Thompson began the final round tied with Guthrie and went ahead on the second hole with a par to Guthrie's bogey. An eagle at the third extended his lead and he was never headed, although a welcome return to form from Ogilvy was eating into a four-shot cushion over the closing holes until he birdied the last to win by two. The 2012 US Open runner-up's closing 69 was one of only five under par rounds on a difficult last day, and marked the first US win in this event since Mark Wilson in 2007. The win also means US players have won the first nine events of the 2013 season, matching their nine opening wins in 2012, finally broken by Rory McIlroy at this event. He moves into the Top 50 at No. 45, up 69 places, while Ogilvy also re-enters the Top 50 at 47th, up 32 places, earning both of them berths in this weeks' WGC field. Guthrie climbs 44 places to 64th.

Dawie van der Walt won the Tshwane Open on the European Tour by two shots from Darren Fichardt, with Louis de Jager in third a shot further back. 30 year old van der Walt's first European Tour victory came in just his 22nd start; his only previous professional wins have come in satellite tour events in the US. The win is the fifth by a South African in the first ten events of the season and moves him 213 places up the Ranking into a share of 223rd. Darren Fichardt continues his rise up the Ranking, climbing 17 places to No. 76 having begun the year at 150th, while de Jager is up 278 places to 437th.

New Zealander Michael Hendry has gone back-to-back at the NZPGA Championship winning the title in a playoff over Australian Scott Strange and leaping into the top 200 of the Official World Golf Ranking. The crowd erupted at The Hills golf course as Hendry birdied the first playoff hole to seal the victory with a tournament total 19-under 269.

California rookie Patrick Cantlay fired a 5-under 66 Sunday and pulled away from fellow third-round co-leader Jim Renner to win the Colombia Championship at Country Club de Bogota by four strokes. Cantlay, now ranked 176th in the World Ranking, leapt into the Top 200 from 273rd place.






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