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Monday, June 7, 2010

The Limerick Summary: 2010 Memorial Tournament

Winner: Justin Rose

Around the greater world of golf: Yoshimi Koda won the JLPGA Resort Trust Ladies (you can check out the Constructivist's summary here);Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey got his first win at the Nationwide Melwood Prince George's County Open; Graeme McDowell won at the ET's Celtic Manor Wales Open; and Nick Price got his first solo Champions Tour win at the Principal Charity Classic.

Well, after a brief hiatus where I picked Tim Clark to win, the Southern Jinx is back in force as I effectively destroyed Rickie Fowler's chances of winning by picking him to win. After Fowler made an inexplicable double bogey at the 12th hole, Justin Rose continued his already amazing round by shooting a full two shots better than anybody else on the course to get his 1st PGA Tour victory. If you missed his finish, the video of his young son clapping for Dad after being scooped up in his arms was almost as good as Phil hugging Amy after the Masters.

Speaking of the Wild Thang, Phil explored parts of Muirfield Village that Jack never intended to be seen on television. In the midst of a run that could have gotten him close -- I don't think he could have won, but he could have posted maybe 16-under an hour before the others finished -- Phil mistakenly decided the par-5 15th was a severe dogleg about 200 yards longer than the advertised hole. The double bogey pretty much killed his momentum... but he did play a pretty cool 3-wood off a paved road.

Rickie Fowler (in his customary orange sherbet Sunday attire) managed to hold on for another 2nd place finish, and Ricky Barnes managed 3rd. In the 8 months since Fowler turned pro, he's posted 7 Top 10s... and 3 of those are 2nds. Both of these guys are probably going to win before long.

Today's limerick was written just after Rose and Fowler turned the front 9 and Fowler still led by 1. For some reason an old hymn came to mind; its chorus begins "Up from the grave He arose / With a mighty triumph o'er his foes." Given the eventual victor's name and the fact that no one really gave him a chance when the day started, it seemed like an appropriate place to start...
Up from the pack, Justin Rose
Gained a victory over his foes.
Though the course played as tricky
As bright orange Rickie,
Triumphant to Pebble Rose goes.