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Thompson captures Nationwide Tour title

RALEIGH, N.C. – Kyle Thompson won The Rex Hospital Open for the second time in five years, with a birdie on 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.

“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-foot 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.