American birdies 2 of his final 3 holes for 2nd career victory and his 1st triumph since the 2013 Honda Classic
Thompson, 35, sank a 14½-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole, his second birdie on the last three holes, to cap a 4-under 67 and a two-stroke victory at TPC Twin Cities. It was his second career victory and his first since the 2013 Honda Classic.
"I played really solid golf, just stuck to my game," Thompson said. "It's job security for two more years. It gives me the confidence to know that I can compete on the biggest stage in the world in this game, and that I can do it again."
With the title, Thompson secured a number of perks: spots in this week’s WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational and next week’s PGA Championship plus a two-year Tour exemption foremost among them. Thompson and runner-up Adam Long also earned spots in the U.S. Open.
The tournament, the seventh since the season restart in early June, lacked much of the star power of recent events. Only four players among the top 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking were entered. No. 4 Dustin Johnson withdrew after a first-round 78 and a claim of an injured back, and No. 6 Brooks Koepka and No. 12 Tommy Fleetwood missed the cut. That left No. 17 Tony Finau to carry the OWGR top-20 banner. Finau, seeking his second career victory, settled for a T-3 and his second consecutive top-10 finish (scores).
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