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    Golf roundup: Michael Thompson wins Honda Classic

    Facing a daunting bunker shot on No. 18, Michael Thompson cozied the ball up close to the hole and made his birdie.
    Facing a daunting bunker shot on No. 18, Michael Thompson cozied the ball up close to the hole and made his birdie.

    On a long, hard day at the Honda Classic, Michael Thompson relied on a superb short game to win for the first time on the PGA Tour.

    Thompson seized control early with a 50-foot eagle putt on the third hole, then kept his distance with clutch par saves and closed with a birdie from the bunker. It gave him a 1-under-par 69 — one of only five rounds under par at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. — and a two-shot win over Geoff Ogilvy.

    ‘‘This week was magical,’’ Thompson said. ‘‘Just had a groove and kept feeling it.’’


    It was a big week for Ogilvy, too.

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    The former US Open champion had plunged to No. 79 in the world ranking and already missed the Match Play Championship. He was prepared for another week off next week until putting together four solid rounds.

    He chipped in from behind the 16th green for birdie and two-putted for birdie on the 18th for a 69. The runner-up finish moves him into the top 50 (No. 47) and gets him into the World Golf Championship at Doral.

    Luke Guthrie, 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.

    Keegan Bradley shot a 71 to finish tied for fourth.


    Tiger Woods was never in the picture. He started the final round eight shots behind, and whatever hopes he had of a rally ended on the sixth hole when he hit his drive so far to the right that the ball was never found.

    Woods took double bogey, and only an eagle on the final hole kept the damage to a minimum. He closed with a 74 — his first time since the Masters last year that he failed to break par in any round of a 72-hole tournament — and tied for 37th.

    It was the second straight year Woods closed with an eagle at PGA National — the difference was last year, it gave him a 62 and a tie for second.

    ‘‘I think I passed 62 somewhere around 12,’’ Woods said.

    Despite a bogey on the final hole, Erik Compton had a 70 and was part of the five-way tie for fourth. Compton, who already has had two heart transplants, earned his first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour.


    LPGA — Stacy Lewis, the 2012 LPGA Player of the Year, shot a 1-under 71 in the final round to win the HSBC Women’s Champions at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore. She finished at 15-under 273, one stroke ahead of Na Yeon Choi.

    Lewis earned her sixth career tour title, overcoming two bogeys and some shaky putting on the back nine to hold off Choi (72).

    ‘‘The last four or five holes, I was pretty nervous, I'm not going to lie,’’ Lewis said. ‘‘I just played hard and put my head down and tried to make as many putts as I could and fortunately I came away with the win.’’

    Paula Creamer, hampered by a shoulder injury from a car accident last week in Thailand, briefly held a share of the lead early in the day, but struggled with her putting on the back nine and faded to a 71 to finish third at 13 under.

    Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 74 to finish a disappointing week in a share of 28th place.

    European — Peter Uihlein of Mattapoisett, Mass., the 2010 US Amateur champion, is still seeking his first pro win after finishing fourth with a 69 that included an eighth hole-eagle for a 17-under total at the Tshwane Open in Centurion, South Africa.

    Dawie Van Der Walt posted a 5-under 67 to finish at 21 under for his first win on the tour. The Texas-based golfer is ranked 436th in the world. — Patrick Cantlay shot a torrid 5-under 66 to edge runner-up Jim Renner (70) of Plainville, Mass., by four strokes to win the Colombia Championship in Bogota. Cantlay finished at 18-under 266. Renner earned $75,600 for second.