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February 27-March 2 The Honda Classic PGA National Resort & Spa (Champion Course) | (Par 70/7,110 yards) | Palm Beach Gardens, Florida


Michael Thompson lines up his putt on the sixth hole during the final round of The Honda Classic 2013 which he proceeded to win in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


“This is everything. This is a childhood dream come true. I’ve dreamed of playing out here since I was seven years old and to win, it’s just unbelievable. I just can’t put it into words. The whole day was awesome.” —Michael Thompson


Charity Benefit The Honda Classic’s true mission is giving back to the children of the Palm Beach-area communities. Through primary beneficiary Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation (NCHCF), the tournament is able to provide support for the early diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of childhood diseases and disorders. Contributions


made through


tournament grants also help fund programs and research projects aimed to help improve pediatric health care. The Honda Classic also honors America’s


heroes by offering complimentary admission to active military personnel and family with valid identification and provides free on-site exposure to local charities through the Birdies for Children program. In 2013, The Honda Classic was able to


give $2.13 million to 125 deserving 501(c)3 organizations.


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How Was It Won? Michael Thompson won The Honda Classic with a combination of accuracy and solid putting. Here are some numbers: ■ He was fifth in Strokes Gained – Putting. ■ He tied for fifth in Greens in Regulation (66.67). ■ He tied for ninth in Driving Accuracy (71.43 percent).


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ichael Thompson won his first PGA TOUR title with a fairy tale finish at


The Honda Classic. Thompson stood in the final fairway


with a one-stroke lead but he faced a daunting 240-yard approach to a green nastily protected by a daunting lake. He could have laid back and taken the water out of play, but instead he hit a 5-wood into a bunker guarding the left side of the green,


leaving himself a relatively easy (if any shot is easy when you’re trying


to break through on TOUR) bunker shot. He played a nice bunker shot and closed with a birdie for a 69, one of just five sub- par rounds that PGA National gave up in difficult conditions. For Thompson, the approach shot may


have been a gut check but it was one he passed with flying colors. “That for me kind of sealed the deal because it allowed me to walk up the


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