Kyle Thompson wins Rex Hospital Open for 3rd time

May 31, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Kyle Thompson became the first player in Tour history to win an event three times, taking the Rex Hospital Open in a playoff Sunday.

Thompson also won at TPC Wakefield Plantation in 2007 and 2011.

The 36-year-old former South Carolina player, making his second start of the season, won with a 4-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with Patton Kizzire and Miguel Angel Carballo.

Thompson holed his winning putt after Carballo missed from 30 feet and Kizzire from 7.


''I knew I had to make it to win,'' Thompson said. ''I thought, `Just go through the same routine that I did 50 times this week. The putt's the same today as it was Thursday morning.'''

Thompson earned $112,500 to move into 15th place on the money list. He has four career tour victories, also winning the 2007 Oregon Classic.

''It means I get to keep playing golf for a living. It really does,'' Thompson said. ''If I miss the cut, I'm looking for a job. Literally, I'm at the end of my rope. Miracles happen. ... It's very emotional. I can't even put into words what it means to win this golf tournament. I kept my head down and kept doing the best I could. I had total belief that I was going to win this tournament, but I don't know where that came from.''

Thompson closed with a 4-under 67 to match Kizzire and Carballo at 17-under 267. Carballo birdied the final two holes for a 64. Kizzire finished with a 66.

Kizzire earned $55,000 to jump from fourth to first on the money list with $217,099.

Scott Parel and Drew Scott tied for fourth at 16 under. Parel had a 65, and Scott shot 68.