Sunday, March 3, 2013
Michael Thompson is not flashy. He's not brash. He's not outspoken. He's just a guy that loves to play golf.
He's now also a PGA Tour champion.
The 27-year-old Rincon/University High School graduate won the Honda Classic tournament this afternoon in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., winning by one stroke over 7-time PGA winner Geoff Ogilvy.
Along with the win Thompson pockets a sweet $1,026,000 check, not to mention the distinction of being the first Tucsonan to win on the PGA Tour since 1996.
One of the most unemotional golfers out there, Thompson let it all out after sinking a 5-foot par on the 18th hole for the victory, throwing out a double fist pump before exhaling. The hole before, after nearly having a par putt lip out, he also gestured at the hole in a great impression of Happy Gilmore's 'are you too good for your home?!?!?!' rant.
Thompson's win gets him past several near misses in his career, most notably finishing tied for second in last year's U.S. Open in San Francisco.