Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 3/3/13
Michael Thompson bested a trying PGA National layout and a star-studded field to earn his first PGA Tour title at the Honda Classic on Sunday, his 9-under 271 two strokes clear of Geoff Ogilvy. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Thompson's victory: 1. On a roll: Thompson's best results have come on tough golf courses. He was runner-up at last year's US Open and the 2007 U.S. Amateur, both at Olympic Club in San Francisco. He was one of just 17 players to break par at PGA National this week. "I think I've always been a scrappy player," Thompson said. "I'm not a great ball-striker. I think I'm pretty good. I was pretty good this week. But my putting is what saves me. ... I think I've always been very good at having the mindset of go struggle, just go get it done. Get the ball in the hole." Thompson said that during his career at Alabama, during which time he won SEC Player of the Year in 2008, he was last on the team in hitting fairways and greens, but always led in birdies. "...
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