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Monday, August 16, 2010

The Limerick Summary: 2010 PGA Championship

Winner: Martin Kaymer

Around the greater world of golf: Hunter Haas won the Nationwide's Price Cutter Charity Championship; Ji-Hee Lee won the NEC Karuizawa 72 on the JLPGA; and Lee-Anne Pace won the LET's S4C Wales Ladies Championship of Europe. You can read about the ladies JLPGA event over at Mostly Harmless, although the Constructivist didn't have anything up on the LET finish yet; you can read about that here. And yes, it was a slow week in golf... except for the PGA Championship.

You know, when the day started I thought I might be writing about "Rory's Best Shot." (Kinda catchy, don't you think?) And Rory didn't play badly; in the end, he just burned the hole with too many putts and missed the playoff by one shot.

Then it was going to be "Redneck Rampage." Nothing against Bubba, it's just that's what you think of when you hear the name "Bubba." I would have been ok with his win too, even though I didn't pick him; in case you guys hadn't heard, Bubba is now living in Lexington NC, about 40 minutes or so south of me. This would count as a hometown win to me! (Plus I had this really cool limerick all ready to use; I'll have to save it for another day now.)

Then there was the "Open Revenge" story, where Dustin Johnson rebounds from his U.S. Open loss and takes the PGA. As we all know, it didn't happen. (Note to readers: NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, GROUND YOUR CLUB ON SANDY GROUND!) But both Dustin and Bubba gain some solace by making the Ryder Cup team.

Martin Kaymer pic from WikipediaIn the end, it became "Eye of the Kaymer." (Also catchy, huh?) Martin Kaymer has been doing quite well for some time now, although it's been mostly in Europe. He has 14 pro wins, 6 of those on the European Tour (the PGA, like all the other majors, counts as an ET event). Last week he was 13th in the World Rankings, but they wasted no time getting the new ones out after the win:
  1. Tiger Woods, 9.57
  2. Phil Mickelson, 9.08
  3. Lee Westwood, 8.87
  4. Steve Stricker, 7.37
  5. Martin Kaymer, 6.70
Everyone ahead of him lost a little ground this week -- no surprise there -- but it will be interesting to see what happens from here on. Kaymer will now have a chance to join the PGA Tour -- will he? And just how high can he climb in the rankings?

Just a side note: Germany now has two major winners, Bernhard Langer and Martin Kaymer. Pretty heady company, if you ask me!

I didn't use the "Eye of the Kaymer" motif, but as usual I did give the 25-year-old his very own Limerick Summary:
Remember the name Martin Kaymer:
Although he’s not yet an old-timer,
That fine Wanamaker
Comes with his tiebreaker
Win— now he’s a World Rankings climber.
UPDATE: I can't believe I actually forgot to include Danielle Kang's 2&1 victory over Jessica Korda at the 2010 U.S. Women's Open... and it was held right here in my backyard almost, in Charlotte NC. Please forgive me, ladies!

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