Thompson, Ogilvy secure spots in Cadillac fieldMarch 04, 2013
By PGATOUR.COM staff
In winning The Honda Classic, Michael Thompson secured his spot in this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Runner-up Geoff Ogilvy also gained entry into the tournament, which will be held at Trump Doral.
Both players qualified by moving into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking. Thompson moved from 114th to No. 45 with the win and Ogilvy moved from 79th to No. 47 with his second-place finish.
For Thompson, a first-time winner on the PGA TOUR, this will be his first career World Golf Championships start.
"I think that will provide a level of comfort knowing that I've got job security for two more years," Thompson said Sunday after his win at PGA National. "I get new experiences this year to play in the WGCs. That's been a goal ever since I got out on TOUR. And to do it in this fashion is unbelievable."
Ogilvy, on the other hand, will be making his 25th career WGC start. He has won three times, including the 2008 Cadillac Championship. But he did not qualify for last month's Accenture Match Play Championship, which he has won twice.
"Wasn't any fun missing the Match Play and it wouldn't have been any fun missing next week, both are tournaments that I've played well in before," Ogilvy said after his round on Sunday. "I was set to miss my flight anyway, tonight, so it's kind of handy that I got in next week."
Also securing spots in the Cadillac Championship are Russell Henley, Brian Gay, Charles Howell III and John Merrick, who qualified via their ranking inside the top 10 of the current FedExCup standings.
Henley is No. 3, Gay is No. 6, Howell is No. 7 and Merrick is No. 8.