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Thompson wins windy opener

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GREAT EXUMA, Bahamas (AP) Kyle Thompson won the Tour's season-opening The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic on Wednesday at wind-swept Sandals Emerald Bay.

Thompson played 28 holes Wednesday in rain and wind gusting to nearly 40 mph, completing the third round with a 2-under 70 and shooting another 70 in the fourth. The 37-year-old former South Carolina player finished at 2-under 286 and earned $108,000 for his fifth Tour victory.

"I didn't see it coming," Thompson said. "We had some bad weather at home, so I practiced a lot on my golf swing but I didn't practice my putting at all. I come here and probably had the best putting week of my life. I just stayed very patient and persistent and worked really hard this offseason on my mental game and I think it paid off. Hopefully, I can keep that sort of mindset going."


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