Michael Thompson's Honda Classic win earns Mark Roe's praise
Last Updated: 04/03/13 9:48am
Mark Roe praised Michael Thompson's ability to excel on tough golf courses after the American's two-stroke victory in the Honda Classic.
"When he made a mistake or missed a putt he didn't show signs of nerves on the next hole."
The 27-year-old held off the challenge of Geoff Ogilvy with a final day 69 to finish on nine-under-par and seal his first PGA Tour win.
The victory moves the 2012 US Open runner-up into the world's top 50 and, according to Roe, highlights his aptitude for difficult conditions.
"There are some players who have the game, the mentality and the mental toughness to play the toughest golf courses well and in their own style," Roe told Sky Sports.
"Thompson proved himself at Olympic at the US Open and here everything he did was strategically right.
"Even on the 18th, Ogilvy had made a birdie which was enough to make Thompson think as he stood on the final tee. But he hit the second shot with a three-wood to move himself into a position where he took the water out of play for his third.
"When he made a mistake or missed a putt he didn't show signs of nerves on the next hole. A perfect example was when he missed one on the fourth and then he went with a three iron off the tee for the tricky par three at the fifth, hit a great shot and strolled the putt in so easily."
And, with the WGC-Cadillac Championship taking place next week on the famously troublesome Doral course in Florida, Roe expects Thompson to enjoy another good tournament in the Sunshine State.
"Right now, with all the confidence he's go you can expect him to go to Doral next week and have a really good week," he said. "That's another tough course, so look out for him."
Simon Holmes was equally impressed with the Alabama man - pointing to his eagle putt at the third on the final day as a stroke which set the tone for the rest of his tournament-winning round.
"Hole three was the highlight of his day, a 49-footer, right across the green. Boom. Eagle. A great start to his round and a big calming effect," he said. "The putter served him so, so well and it was an absolutely top class performance.
"He did so well at the US Open, he's done so well here, on another hard golf course, and has shown he's mentally very strong and is getting more out of his game more than appears to the eye."