Around the wider world of golf: Austin Ernst landed her first LPGA victory in a playoff over I.K. Kim at the Portland Classic; Trish Johnson won the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open on the LET; Hennie Otto won the 71° Open D’Italia on the ET; Fred Couples beat Billy Andrade in a playoff at the Shaw Charity Classic on the Champions Tour; Bud Cauley regained his PGA Tour card by winning the Hotel Fitness Championship at the Web.com Tour Playoffs; Nate McCoy won the Wildfire Invitational in a playoff over Michael Gligic on the PGA TOUR Canada; and Jiyai Shin won the Nitori Ladies on the JLPGA (the Constructivist has details).
As is typical at the Deutsche Bank on their traditional Monday finish, players had to go low if they hoped to win the event. Perhaps the only real surprise to most viewers was that Rory McIlroy wasn't part of the charge. Nevertheless, the event didn't disappoint.
The young guns like Chris Kirk, Russell Henley, and Billy Horschel joined experienced players like Geoff Ogilvy and John Senden on a romp around TPC Boston that could best be described as a shootout. On the outside chance that you know nothing about classic Wild West gunfights, movies can be misleading. In a real gunfight most bullets never hit their targets, not even at close range. And in the days before smokeless gunpowder, the clouds of smoke further obscured their targets.
Fortunately for us, the gunslingers at TPC Boston were at least close to their targets -- close enough to provide a few bogey-free rounds. And as you might expect, Chris Kirk shot one of those rounds. His 5-under 66 was good enough to hold off all challengers, especially after Billy Horschel's approach on 18 fell just short of the green.
With his win -- the biggest of his career to this point -- I suppose I could write some classic rhyme focusing on his composure and steady play. But with all of the "Captain Kirk" jokes during the broadcast and the Star Trek movie marathon running Monday on Syfy Channel, how could this week's Limerick Summary turn out any different than this?
Chris Kirk is a star on a trekThe photo came from the tournament update page at PGATOUR.com.
To Atlanta. Since Horschel’s ship wrecked,
Captain Kirk’s enterprise
Could end up realized—
He might cling on to win the BIG check!