Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Limerick Summary: 2010 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Winner: Ernie Els

Vive la revoluciĆ³n!

Welcome to the French Revolution edition of the Limerick Summary -- starring the golfing elite from South Africa! An attempt to overthrow the reigning golf monarchy is clearly underway on the PGA and European Tours. Charl Schwartzel already had 2 wins this year and Ernie Els won the WGC-CA just a couple of weeks ago. Then Louis Oosthuizen got his first pro victory Sunday at the Open de Andalucia de Golf. His biography at the European Tour site says he is "a member of the Ernie Els Foundation in South Africa since 1999, receiving help and inspiration from the former European Tour Number One."

Wait a minute. Louis is a member of the Ernie Els Foundation? You know, Charl and Ernie are also good friends; in fact, Charl has been staying with Ernie during the Florida Swing. And I heard TGC saying that Retief Goosen was playing so well that he might be a favorite going into Augusta... and he's also a friend of Ernie's...

Hmmm... I sense a conspiracy here...

The finish was a day late, and the 10AM Monday finish was delayed until noon while the
River Seine was diverted from the fairways. Both Edoardo Molinari and Kevin Na made serious bids for the crown -- Molinari making some of those incredibly long putts we've become used to seeing, and Na just going after it, hole after hole. Nevertheless, Els held on to win by 2 shots after leading by as many as 5 on Sunday. This gives Ernie two big wins as he marches toward the Masters, the symbolic fortress of golf royalty. I think he's got to be one of a handful of favorites if not THE favorite to get his first green jacket.

Welcome to the Limerick Summary --
Ernie Els, Part Deux:
He went Els-where, alright – to Bay Hill
Where he seized the King’s sword. Tell me, will
He soon reign at Augusta –
Or find himself just the
Next upstart to storm the Bastille?

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