Michael Thompson landed the second PGA Tour title of his career on Sunday when he held onto his guts on the last day of the 3M Open in Minnesota.
Thompson’s victory over TPC Twin Cities ended a bare run following his breakthrough in the 2013 Honda Classic.
Birdies at the 16th and 18th holes brought Thompson to 19 for a two-shot win over Adam Long, whose weekend load was almost rewarded with the trophy’s success.
Long finally made a birdie when he followed his 63 on Saturday with a 64 to accommodate 17, which gave him some of the lead at the time as Thompson made his way through the back nine.
Under pressure, Thompson put a birdie 3 at age 16 and parried the next to go to the last hole with a one-time lead.
His second shot over water to the green gave Thompson two putts for the title of about 15 feet, and the 35-year-old American drank his first attempt to complete a round of 67, achieving a first victory in 167 starts.
A tearful Thompson said, “It’s been a long time. I am really sad that my wife and children are not here to celebrate this with me. I can’t wait to see them.
“This is so exciting. I played golf so well today. I stayed in myself, believed in myself and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. “
Victory earns Thompson a ticket to the PGA Championship and the US Open, which he said meant “the world” to him, as well as a guaranteed two years on the PGA Tour.
The standings were very busy, with nine players coming in third at 4pm: Robby Shelton, Charles Howell III, Emiliano Grillo, Alex Noren, Tony Finau, Max Homa, Cameron Tringale, Richy Werenski and Charl Schwartzel.
Werenski was the nocturnal co-leader with Thompson, but was only able to shoot 70 on the last day, his worst score of the week.