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Monday, July 26, 2010

The Limerick Summary: 2010 RBC Canadian Open

Winner: Carl Pettersson

Around the greater world of golf: Jiyai Shin lived up to her nickname "Final Round Queen," sneaking past everyone to win the Evian Masters on the LPGA; Corey Pavin made it a race, but Bernhard Langer won the Senior Open Championship on the Champions Tour; Sweden's Richard S. Johnson won the Nordea Scandanavian Masters on the Euro Tour by sinking a looong bomb for birdie on the final hole; and D.J Brigman won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational on the Nationwide Tour.

Before I get to the PGA event, I want to make a prediction. I said over the weekend that I found Evian to be the most interesting tournament this weekend because of the Top 10 battle going on. Well, it played out to be a doozy! I don't know exactly how the points will fall, but I'm predicting a major shakeup in the Rolex Rankings. Here's the old Top 6, followed by my predicted Top 6:
  1. Ai Miyazato ----------- Jiyai Shin
  2. Cristie Kerr ----------- Suzann Pettersen
  3. Suzann Pettersen --- Ai Miyazato
  4. Jiyai Shin ------------- Cristie Kerr
  5. Yani Tseng ----------- Na Yeon Choi
  6. Na Yeon Choi ------- Yani Tseng
I'm making this prediction after the finish on Sunday morning, but before the TGC broadcast and all the commentary. We'll see how close I am come Monday morning.

Pettersson holding Canadian Open trophyCarl Pettersson is from Sweden, but he lives not too far from me here in North Carolina. In fact, his last win was the 2008 Wyndham Championship in nearby Greensboro. But Carl's been struggling a bit since that victory, and he barely made the cut Friday night. (I believe he said he waited "seven beers" to find out he was playing the weekend.)

Saturday he faced off against Superman -- Dean Wilson, perhaps better known for a resemblance to Dean Cain (who played Superman on the TV show "Lois and Clark"), playing in Annika's threesome at Colonial, and being a "Stack-n-Tilter." Dean has also been struggling since his last win, but at the end of a third round 65 Dean was flying high at -15, four shots over his nearest competitor. Unfortunately for Superman, Carl was that competitor, after shooting a 60 that was mere inches from being a 59.

Kryptonite was never more clearly labeled. After a 60-67 weekend (and a +2 round from Dean) Carl followed the lead of Rory McIlroy several weeks ago and went from cutline to victory... an obviously emotional win for the Swede. (The pic comes from this SkySports article about the win.)

I mentioned in the lead-in that Richard S. Johnson won over on the European Tour earlier in the day. This Swedish double-dip reminded me of the Els-Schwartzel pair of wins a few months ago. I've written quite a bit about the South African invasion... but with both Johnson and Pettersson winning Sunday I guess you could say Sweden is striking back. Which brings us to today's limerick:
After Saturday’s wild scoring binge
Up in Canada, Carl didn’t cringe.
His head must be spinning—
The two years since winning
Made Sunday’s results “Swede revenge.”

2 comments:

  1. Awesome limerick. Great win for Pettersson. I was pulling for him because I have been to Gothenburg Sweden. Beautiful place to visit. Didn't play any golf though. I was there for a basketball tournament. Way before I discovered golf. Next time, I'm bringing my sticks.

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  2. Thanks, Dex. I have to pull for Carl -- he's a NC boy now! ;-)

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