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Monday, September 13, 2010

The Limerick Summary: 2010 BMW Championship

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Around the wider world of golf: Martin Kaymer won the KLM Dutch Open, becoming the 2nd Euro Tour player to win three times this year; Saiki Fujita won the Konica Minolta Cup, the JLPGA's 2nd major of the year (the Constructivist has a wrapup of the event); Russ Cochran got his first Champions Tour victory at the Posco E&C Songdo Championship, that tour's maiden voyage to Korea; Michael Putnam won the Nationwide Tour's Utah Championship; and Yani Tseng won the LPGA's P&G NW Arkansas Championship (to go with her two majors this year).

There was a traffic jam at the top of the leaderboard at the BMW Championship most of the weekend, but especially on the back nine Sunday. As the drivers jockeyed for position -- and for the most part, it was driving that determined the winner -- no one seemed able to keep the lead for more than a hole or two.

The pre-race entertainment (Phil and Tiger) drew huge crowds with Phil winning this head-to-head match race. Tiger will not be going to the Tour Championship this year, while Phil managed to put together a good final round -- an encouraging sign for him as he makes the Top 30. Encouraging for Tiger too, as he finished strong by getting it back under par after a rough start.

Picture from the Sean Foley article at Golf Digest
Picture from LA Times article on BMW Championship

And then the real race started. Ryan Moore, Charlie Wi, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar, even Kevin Na surged in and out of the lead pack. But it was Dustin Johnson who finally pulled away down the final stretch. While everyone else struggled with bogeys, doubles, and even triples, Johnson held it together and avoided the big numbers even as he tore the course apart with his ridiculously skillful high-speed driving. He carded only one bogey early in the round, making great recoveries when it seemed all of his approach shots went slightly long or short. (Perhaps a bit too much nitrous in the tank!) But Dustin finally stuffed it tight for a birdie on 17, then parred the 18th with a deftly-played curling downhill putt for his second win of the year. (It's easy to forget he won at Pebble back in February.)

Most of the commentators I heard agreed that Dustin's win would be a popular one, especially given how he handled those two tragic showings at the U.S. Open and PGA this year. He has definitely proven to be a tough competitor, as even one such disaster would have destroyed the confidence of many players. This week's limerick acknowledges how appropriate it is that he should win this particular tournament:
His short game was short of pristine
But Dustin’s so long, it’s obscene!
Though more work is vital,
He now holds the title
Of “Ultimate Driving Machine.”


  1. BUT ! Johnson, regardless of how many precise yardages Johnny Miller claimed was his weakest yardage inside 100 yards, was clutch with the wedge when he had a shot to close out.

  2. No argument there. Dustin doesn't get the credit he deserves for his wedge game... but I did think he was off a little compared to his usual play. It's been a few weeks since I've seen him miss that many greens.

  3. Statistically, 100 yards in is his weakest area, but I was talking about how every time he had a yardage inside 100 yards, that specific yardage was THE weakest part of his game...according to the Grand Poobah, Johnny Miller. (lol)

  4. Ok, I gotcha. But do we ever expect anything else from Johnny? Paul Casey even ribbed him about it after he finished. (And that was classic! Even Johnny conceded his point.)