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Monday, May 3, 2010

The Limerick Summary: 2010 Quail Hollow Championship

Winner: Rory McIlroy

Around the wider world of golf on an extremely busy day: Ryo Ishikawa won the Crowns on the Japan Tour, shooting a 58 in the final round -- the lowest official score ever on any major tour. (He even had a chance at 57. Wow!) Alvaro Quiros won for the home crowd at the Open de España. Ai Miyazato won the Tres Marias in Mexico; but Lorena Ochoa's 6th place finish, coupled with Jiyai Shin's win on the JLPGA, means Shin will be the new #1 in the world rankings. (Thanks to the Constructivist for the head's-up on this one; check update 5 on the post.) Martin Pillar won the Stadion Athens Classic at UGA on the Nationwide Tour, and David Egar squeezed out Tommy Armour III at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on the Champions Tour. Whew, what a day!

A double on 7 pretty much killed Billy Mayfair's chances of a win at Quail Hollow. The really sad thing was that he missed a top 10 finish by one measly shot; for a guy playing on sponsor's exemptions this year, that cost him a place in the Players next week.

Without question, the unexpected star of the day was Rory McIlroy. He barely made the cut; then Sunday, starting 4 off the lead, all he did was make an incredible run up the leaderboard... and he didn't even know quite where he stood till the end. (Smart move.) His 2nd shot on 15 set him up for a near kick-in eagle, and was the shot that finally turned the tide. Phil made a run, but couldn't catch him. (We won't cry for Phil, though. He nailed solo 2nd, getting him a load of world ranking points and putting him in good position for the Players next week.) Cabrera couldn't buy a putt; if he'd made any, he might have had a chance. Might have.

Ok, maybe not.

See, all McIlroy did was shoot a 10-under 62, 2 better than the course record -- 8 birdies and an eagle -- on an already tough course made harder by wind. He decimated the last 3 holes (which happen to be the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd hardest holes on the course), better known as "The Green Mile," by playing them at 2-under... after he lipped out a birdie on 17 for 3-under. He birdied or eagled 4 of the last 5 holes. The reception he got when he finished -- first from Padraig Harrington, then from the other pros -- said a lot about how much Rory is liked on tour. It was a nice (2 days early) 21st birthday present.

In some ways, it reminded me of Tiger's "Hello, world" back when he came on tour. And it was that event that finally inspired today's limerick:
In Ireland, the Guinness is flowing
And McIlroy's legend keeps growing.
His first U.S. win
(Like Tiger's, back when)
Will serve as his way of "Hello-ing."

2 comments:

  1. I wonder how they're reacting in Rory's hometown (Hollywood) and in N.Ireland generally. Is it a big deal for them that he won in the US? Maybe less than it once would have been. It's definitely a big deal for us though. I hope he stays funny and simple and unaffected... while enjoying the awesome ride.

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  2. If David Feherty is right, they'll be partying for several weeks. It's going to be a very, VERY big deal in Ireland.

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