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Monday, August 30, 2010

The Limerick Summary: 2010 The Barclays

Winner: Matt Kuchar

Around the greater world of golf: Edoardo Molinari won the Johnnie Walker Championship for his second win this year on the ET; Michelle Wie got her second professional win at the LPGA's CN Canadian Women's Open; Chris Kirk won the Knoxville News Sentinel Open on the Nationwide Tour; Bernhard Langer nailed his fifth win of the year at the Boeing Classic on the Champions Tour; Nobuko Kiwaza won the JLPGA's Nitori Ladies (details at Mostly Harmless); and Peter Uihlein won the U.S. Amateur 4&3 over Patrick Cantlay. Also, Colin Montgomery named Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald and Edoardo Molinari as his Captain's choices to the Ryder Cup, and said that Sergio Garcia will be serving as a co-captain; and there's a possible cheating scandal involving two Korean LPGA players (info available at several sites, but here's a link to OTB Sports).

The FedExCup Playoffs got underway with a bang this week. Tiger let everybody know that the newly-divorced man intended to get his game back on track, posting a repectable T12 bookended by two of his best rounds this year, plus a round of par and +1. He even looked like he might be a factor at one point early on. I'm sure this is good news for Corey Pavin, who knows Tiger has a month to find some consistency.

Kuchar pic from ABC NewsBy Sunday, all bets were off and the scramble was on. Rory Sabbatini got things going when he posted -9 early on; then it looked for a while as if Martin Laird and Dustin Johnson were the guys to beat; and then Steve Stricker took the clubhouse lead at -10. But it was the quiet stalking of Matt Kuchar who caused the real terror in this jungle. Playing several groups ahead of the leaders but coming seemingly from nowhere, the 6'4" man with the 5'1" swing suddenly grabbed everyone's attention with birdies on 16 and 17 before posting his own -12.

Laird had putted light's-out all day but his putter finally let him down on 18, which he bogeyed and ended up in a one-hole playoff against the "Flat Cat." Kuchar's clutch birdie sealed his first victory of the year... and his #1 spot in the FedExCup playoffs. The scary thing for the rest of the field is simply this: The FedExCup may be designed to increase volatility, but Kuchar's win is no fluke. With 4 Top-5s, 10 Top-10s, and 16 Top-25s already this year, this Tour "nice guy" has to be considered a very real field destroyer. He could take it all if the field doesn't watch out! (The pic is from this ABC News story.)

Kuchar's been the second-best FedExCup player without a win this year (behind Jeff Overton), but now he's lost that label. And, as this week's Limerick makes clear, he's proven himself a force to be reckoned with:
We once thought of Kuchar as “mild Matt,”
The nice guy who swings his club real flat.
His swing may be stranger
Than most, but there’s danger:
It's morphed mild Matt into a wildcat!

4 comments:

  1. whew - had to rehearse that one before getting the tempo right. :-)

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  2. And this was the simplest version. The original version was a real tongue twister!

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  3. lol - I was half guessing you'd do a Michelle Wie limrick just to avoid rhyming Kuchar.

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  4. Have you forgotten? I already rhymed Kuchar when Haas won earlier this year:

    The Limerick Summary: 2010 Bob Hope Classic

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