American Michael Thompson snaps 7-year PGA Tour win drought

Michael Thompson of the United States plays his shot from the seventh tee during the second round of the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota on 24 on July 2020.

Michael Thompson of the USA performs his shot from the seventh tee in the course of the second spherical of the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota on 24 on July 2020.

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American Michael Thompson snapped a seven-year PGA Tour title drought on Sunday, making birdies on two of the final three holes to win the 3M Open by two strokes.

Thompson, the 2012 US Open runner-up, rolled a formidable bunker shot inside three toes of the cup on the par-Four 16th and holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th to safe his first tour triumph for the reason that 2013 Honda Traditional.

“I do not know what to say. That is so thrilling,” Thompson stated, his voice cracking with emotion as he fought again tears.

“I performed such good golf as we speak. I stayed inside myself. I performed inside myself. This implies a lot to me.”

Thompson fired a four-under par 67 within the remaining spherical to complete on 19-under 265 to defeat compatriot Adam Lengthy by two photographs after 72 holes at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota.

World quantity 218 Thompson, who stated his household couldn’t be with him to rejoice as a result of coronavirus pandemic, final gained 166 begins in the past.

His breakthrough booked the 35-year-old into subsequent week’s WGC Memphis occasion, subsequent month’s PGA Championship, the US Open in September and the Masters in November.

“It has been a very long time,” Thompson stated. “To know I’ve safety for 2 extra years, to get in all these tournaments, it is simply so thrilling.”

Degree with Lengthy on the tee on the reachable par-Four 16th, Thompson smacked his tee shot right into a greenside bunker, then blasted out of the sand to inside three toes and made his birdie putt to grab the lead alone.

After lacking a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-Three 17th, Thompson dropped his third shot simply inside 15 toes and sank the putt for the victory.

Lengthy, who made the lower on the quantity, went 63-64 on the weekend, together with his career-best 16 birdies within the final two rounds giving him a share of the lead with Thompson within the clubhouse.

“Ball-striking was so much cleaner,” Lengthy stated of his weekend. “I had extra birdie alternatives. I simply tried to maintain the pedal down and make as many birdies as I might.

“The way in which scoring is round right here, I knew I must maintain making birdies.”

Lengthy, ranked 110th, gained his solely PGA title in January 2019 on the Desert Traditional as a rookie. He shared second final November on the Mayakoba Traditional.

A 3rd-place pack on 268 included 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, Sweden’s Alex Noren, Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo and Individuals Robby Shelton, Charles Howell, Max Homa, Cameron Tringale, Tony Finau and Richy Werenski.

Main scores after Sunday’s remaining spherical of the PGA Tour 3M Open
at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota (par 71; USA until acknowledged):

265 – Michael Thompson 64-66-68-67

267 – Adam Lengthy 68-72-63-64

– Robby Shelton 68-68-68-64, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 71-68-64-65, Charles
Howell 71-65-67-65, Alex Noren (SWE) 67-69-66-66, Max Homa 65-72-64-67,
Cameron Tringale 69-70-63-66, Tony Finau 65-66-69-68, Charl Schwartzel
(RSA) 66-68-66-68
, Richy Werenski 63-67-68-70

270 – Bo Hoag
65-73-69-63, Matthew Wolff 65-68-70-67, Zhang Xinjun (CHN) 65-67-71-67,
Cameron Davis (AUS) 67-66-69-68, Ryan Moore 65-70-67-68, Nick Watney

271 – Dylan Frittelli (RSA) 68-67-70-66, Doug Ghim
70-68-67-66, Sepp Straka (AUT) 70-67-71-63, Talor Gooch 66-65-72-68,
Harris English 70-65-67-69

272 – Pat Perez 70-69-66-67, Henik Norlander (SWE) 70-70-67-65, Aaron Baddeley (AUS) 66-73-69-64

– Brice Garnett 70-67-68-68, Danny Lee (NZL) 67-68-69-69, Bernd
Wiesberger (AUT) 73-66-66-68, Hank Lebioda 69-70-65-69, Michael Gilgic
(CAN) 72-68-68-65, Chase Koepka 70-68-72-63

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