Thompson’s long eagle putt leads to Honda Classic win
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Michael Thompson had one of only five rounds under par Sunday to win his first PGA Tour event at the Honda Classic.
Thompson seized control with a 50-foot eagle putt on the third hole. He stayed in control with superb par saves early on the back nine at PGA National. He made birdie from the bunker on the last hole for a 1-under 69 and a two-shot victory over Geoff Ogilvy.
Ogilvy birdied two of his last three holes for a 69 to finish second, which moves him into the top 50 and gets him into the World Golf Championship next week at Doral.
Tiger Woods closed with a 74 and was tied for 37th.
Fenninger wins super-G; Maze deals with death threat
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Anna Fenninger of Austria upstaged the favorites to win a super-G race Sunday, while overall World Cup winner Tina Maze was placed under police protection after organizers received a death threat against the Slovenian.
Maze finished fourth and had two bodyguards close by after the race. The threat came in an email received Saturday afternoon after Maze had won the downhill race and broken the points record for a season.
“That’s sad. If somebody is strong and showing good performances and perfect in the thing you are doing, there are people who want to disturb you,” Maze said. “I guess it’s part of the game, but it didn’t disturb me that much.
“It shouldn’t be part of the game, but life is not perfect. It’s not nice for me; it’s not nice for my team. I haven’t seen the email ... they want to ruin your day, ruin the record, but I enjoyed the day 100 percent,” Maze said.
Svindal wins super-G, locks up discipline title early
KVITFJELL, Norway – Aksel Lund Svindal clinched the World Cup super-G title on Sunday after winning his first race in Norway.
The Norwegian edged Austria’s Georg Streitberger by 0.52 seconds to win in 1 minute, 29.79 seconds. Werner Heel of Italy ended third, 0.57 seconds back.
The victory gives Svindal an unassailable 480 points, ahead of Italy’s Matteo Marsaglia’s 249 and Matthias Mayer of Austria with 228.
In the overall standings, Svindal closed in on leader Marcel Hirscher with six races left. The Austrian has 1,215 points, while Svindal is second with 1,186.
Silberman first woman to try out at NFL regional combine
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Lauren Silberman’s NFL tryout lasted all of two kicks, neither of which traveled 20 yards.
Silberman became the first woman to compete at an NFL regional scouting combine Sunday but left the New York Jets’ practice field after re-injuring her quadriceps. She tried two kickoffs, the first going 19 yards and the second about 13 yards, then asked to see a trainer.
As more than two dozen media, including E! Entertainment network, watched her every move, the 28-year-old Silberman was examined off to the side of the practice field. About 30 minutes later, while 36 other kickers continued their workouts, she called the scene “surreal” and thanked the NFL for “this tremendous opportunity.”
Pistorius settles three-year reputation damages case
JOHANNESBURG – Oscar Pistorius is settling a three-year-old case against a former neighbor over reputation damages in a dispute that has been overshadowed by the murder charges the Olympic star faces in the Valentine’s Day shooting of his girlfriend.
Pistorius’ reputation management firm confirmed the plans after the Sunday Tribune first reported the story. Lunice Johnston of Vuma said that the merits in the separate case “are no longer relevant.”