Thompson wins Nationwide Tour title
Sunday, June 12, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. — Kyle Thompson won the Rex Hospital Open for the second time in five years, birdieing the final hole Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Scott Brown, Troy Kelly and Martin Flores.
Thompson closed with a 3-under 68 to finish at 14-under 270 at TPC Wakefield Plantation. The former South Carolina player earned $99,000 for his third Nationwide Tour title and jumped to No. 6 on the money list.
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"I never counted myself out all day," Thompson said. "I knew nobody was running away with it today so every shot was going to be important."
He started the day in a three-way tie for fourth place at 11 under, and played in the next-to-last threesome. Thompson closed with his sixth birdie of the round, holing a 7-footer putt.
Then, he waited to see if anyone would force a playoff. Kelly and Flores each needed birdies to tie. Flores' 25-foot birdie putt curled behind the hole, and Kelly also missed from about 20 feet.
"I'm completely elated. I'm overwhelmed," Thompson said. "This means so much more to me because I have a family now. It's amazing how things turn out. "I have a lot of reasons to play good now."
Brown shot a 68, and Kelly and Flores finished with 70s.