Michael Thompson Wins 3M Open

The American won his first PGA Tour title in seven years

Michael Thompson Wins 3M Open
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The American won his first PGA Tour title in seven years

Michael Thompson Wins 3M Open

Michael Thompson played a clutch back nine to win his second PGA Tour title by two strokes at the 3M Open.

It has been a long seven years since the American's last PGA Tour victory at the Honda Classic but he closed it out with style with two birdies in his last three holes.

He finished at 19 under par to beat Adam Long by two and nine players by three on a tight final day at TPC Twin Cities.

Thompson was holding off a number of players and, at two under for the round, the winning shot came at 16.

He found himself faced with a 40 yard bunker shot, the most difficult shot in golf, on the driveable par-4 and he executed it to perfection to leave a tap-in birdie.

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A par on 17 kept him one clear and he played the closing par-5 conservatively and holed from 15 feet for a winning birdie.

He was extremely emotional after the putt went in, with his family at home including his three-year-old son and newly-adopted daughter.

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Thompson also qualifies for this week's WGC, next week's USPGA Championship and the US Open at Winged Foot, which is his favourite golf course in the world.

He now also has job security until 2023 and moves up to 99th in the world.

"I played really solid golf. I think I only had three bogeys all week. Just really stuck to my game, played Michael Thompson golf, allowed my putter to speak volumes, I think," he said.

"To hit those shots coming down the stretch, those last two holes are not easy.

"I mean, you've got to step up and hit a good tee shot and even the layup you've got to hit a good shot, and then to put myself in a position to have a 15-footer where all I have to do is lag it up there, uphill right-to-left putt, I mean, I couldn't have asked for a more perfect scenario to finish a tournament. To see that go in was just relieving.

"Man, I am champing at the bit to go prove myself again really.

"Next week is another opportunity on a golf course that I absolutely love. Winged Foot for the US Open is my favourite golf course in the entire world.

"I mean, you couldn't have written a better script for where I'm at right now."

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3M Open Leaderboard

1 Michael Thompson -19

2 Adam Long -17

3 Tony Finau -16

3 Charl Schwartzel -16

3 Emiliano Grillo -16

3 Charles Howell III -16

3 Richy Werenski -16

3 Robby Shelton -16

3 Alex Noren -16

3 Max Homa -16

3 Cameron Tringale -16

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x