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Thompson wins 3M Open, 2nd Tour win in 7 years

American Michael Thompson obtained the 3M Open in Blaine, Minnesota on Sunday by two strokes to claim his second career PGA Tour triumph and his first in seven years.

The 35-year-old was solid throughout the tournament and didn’t buckle under pressure, sinking a 12-foot putt on the par-five 18th to seal the win under sunny skies at TPC Twin Cities.

“It has been a long time,” an emotional Thompson said after his round of four-under 67.

“I’m really sad my wife and kids aren’t here to celebrate this with me. I can’t wait to see them. Babe, I love you,” he stated. Thompson, who was tied for the lead coming into Sunday’s final round, produced his best shot on the par-four 16th, where his long shot from the greenside bunker landed a couple feet from the hole.

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He made the birdie putt to retake the lead and never looked back, finishing 19-under 265 for the tournament, which was played without fans in attendance to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Fellow American Adam Long finished second after carding 17-under 267 for the tournament while nine players tied for third at 16-under including Tony Finau, Max Homa and Richy Werenski.

With the victory, Thompson, who came into the tournament ranked 218 in the world, will now be qualified to compete at next month’s PGA Championship in San Francisco.

Thompson’s only other victory came at the Honda Classic in 2013. He was a runner up at the 2012 U.S. Open.

Next up for Thompson is the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis starting Thursday and then the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco the following week.

“That’s what makes this game so unbelievable is that we have to play for our job every year,” he said. “To know that I have security for two more years and to get into all those tournaments … it’s just a huge bonus. I’ll have to get my mind right for sweating next week, but oh man, it’s just so exciting.”

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The 97th PGA Championship returns to Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., for the third time in 11 years, and for the third major championship in a row, competitors will be faced with a links-style test after Chambers Bay in the U.S. Open and the Old Course at St. Andrews in the Open Championship.

The PGA Championship got a huge boost last weekend when world No. 1 Rory McIlroy showed up to practice. A week before that, Rory seemed like a longshot to make his return to the game in time for the season’s final major. But he’s back for one last 2015 chance to add to his career tally of 4 major titles.

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Rory’s return, and the PGA of America’s decision to pair him up with Jordan Spieth for the opening round, amplified the hype. It’s also on a fantastically scenic and world class venue in Whistling Straits.

Spieth is listed at 6-1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. He is the only golfer with single-digit odds and is attracting action. With a strong performance, Spieth has a chance to overtake Rory McIlroy and become the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking.

McIlroy missed The Open and has not played a competitive round since the U.S. Open in late June.

Along with McIlroy, Bubba Watsonand Jason Day are also 12-1. Dustin Johnson is 15-1, and Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler are 20-1.

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