First, around the wider world of golf, Seung-Yul Noh from Korea became the youngest pro ever to win on the European Tour at the Maybank Malasian Open, beating K.J. Choi with a birdie on the final hole. Fred Couples won again on the Champions Tour at the Toshiba Classic, for 2 wins and a 2nd in 3 starts. And in the women's game, Karrie Webb absolutely ripped the field at the ANZ Ladies Masters with a 64-61 weekend. Yowza!
The subject of this week's Limerick Summary, the Honda Classic, has spawned some interesting storylines beyond the Bear Trap (holes 15, 16 & 17) and the fight for the trophy. Arnold Palmer's grandson, Sam Saunders, deserves a mention this week for his best showing yet. Sam says "Gramps" is back coaching him, and Arnie remarked that he's pleased with Sam's progress; that could be bad news for the field! Ditto for Matt Every, making the cut in 4 of 6 tournaments and turning in his 3rd Top 25 finish of the year despite a horrible last round. The Big Break alum is yet another good player to make some noise after not winning on the show!
But the real news this week was the return to form of Vijay Singh and Anthony Kim -- both of whom fought injury last year -- and the continued good play of Camilo Villegas. With a 3rd at the Match Play, a T8 at Scottsdale, and a win this week -- a dominating 5-stroke win, where he was almost Tigeresque in his refusal to give up the lead -- Camilo should quiet his critics for a while. He said he tried to do too much last year, and came out this year determined to have fun. And while he did struggle a little down the stretch, after all the golf (let's not forget he hasn't taken a break since that grueling Match Play) and all the travel (he flew down to Colombia to host the new Nationwide event early this week), he has not struggled the way the others playing this long stretch have. Two Top 5s, three Top 8s -- not too shabby, Spiderman!
So here's a limerick for the conquering (super)hero:
The critics insulted our Spiderman;
They said he was more a backslider than
A winner who closes.
But now, one supposes,
He's shown he can win 'em like Tiger can.