"I was just focusing on playing the golf course and doing my best," Thompson said. "That's all I could do. I was a little nervous on the first tee, I'm not going to lie. If you're not nervous, you don't care."
In other tournaments:
* At Lemont, Ill., Justin Rose chipped in for birdie on the 17th hole and hung on to win the BMW Championship. Rose closed with an even-par 71 at Cog Hill to finished at 13-under 271, two shots ahead of John Sender, who closed with a 70 and finished alone in second.
* At Incheon, South Korea, Jay Don Blake beat John Cook on the fifth playoff hole to win the Songdo IBD Championship for his first Champions Tour victory.
The two Americans shot 68s in the final round to finish at 13-under 203 with Mark O'Meara and Peter Senior. O'Meara and Senior were eliminated after bogeys on the third hole.
Sport Stops *
Ohio State fell out of the Associated Press college football rankings for the first time in nearly 7 years, ending the nation's longest streak of appearances in the Top 25. Coming off a 24-6 beating at Miami, the Buckeyes dropped from No. 17 in the media poll. They had been ranked in 103 straight Top 25s since last being left out on Nov. 20, 2004. Oklahoma remained No. 1 after a 23-13 victory at Florida State. The loss dropped the Seminoles six spots to 11th.
* Spain won its second straight European basketball title, beating France, 98-85, in Kaunas, Lithuania. Juan Carlos Navarro had 27 points and Pau Gasol (Lakers) added 17 points and 10 rebounds for Spain. Tony Parker (Spurs) scored 26 points for France.
* The Florida Panthers are hosting the Nashville Predators in a day-night preseason doubleheader today, believed to be the first of its kind. No one is expected to play in both games.
* American wrestler Jordan Burroughs (Winslow Township High in Atco, N.J.) won his first world championship title, defeating Sedagh Saaeed Goudarzi of Iran, 3-2, 4-1, in the 74-kilogram freestyle category in Istanbul, Turkey.