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Monday, September 27, 2010

The Limerick Summary: 2010 Tour Championship

Winner: Jim Furyk

Around the greater world of golf: John Parry won the Euro Tour's Vivendi Cup; Russ Cochran snagged his second Champions Tour victory at the SAS Championship; Nate Smith won the WNB Golf Classic on the Nationwide Tour; and Korean player Eun-A Lim won the Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open on the JLPGA (the Constructivist has a summary here).

Picture from TucsonCitizen.com of Jim Furyk with mediaBecause of a "Top 10" special Golf Channel did about unorthodox swings, David Feherty's description of Jim Furyk's swing as "an octopus falling out of a tree" has become a running joke. If the truth be told, I suspect most of the players at the Tour Championship would have paid good money for eight hands, just so they could keep a decent grip on their clubs.

The decision to tape-delay final round coverage turned out to be a good one, avoiding two hours of dead time and perhaps making sure the audience was still around when live coverage could resume. The sub-air systems on the greens at East Lake kept them firm and playable... but you were on your own out in the fairways. (Or maybe I should say the rough -- that seemed to be the most popular spot to play from this week.)

In the end, all those players who "controlled their own destinies" coming in controlled nothing at all, and we found ourselves watching a handful of golfers play for $11million and change. There was some outside excitement, of course -- Nick Watney's incredible run up the leaderboard had everybody on the edge of their seats. After shooting 30 on the back nine Saturday and 28 on the front nine early Sunday (that's right, folks -- an unofficial 58 during a big tournament), the rain took the wind out of his sails and he shot a two-over 37 on the way in. Still, his weekend score of 63-67 was easily the best of the tournament. Nick said it best when he agreed that the rain had "stolen his mojo" but that he would gladly take the score. He finished T4 at -5 with Paul Casey.

It finally came down to Jim Furyk, Luke Donald, and Retief Goosen. Donald finished first, posting at -7 courtesy of a long chip-in on the 17th. At that point both Goosen and Furyk were playing the 16th; Goosen was tied with him and Furyk was at -10. Goosen stumbled with a bogey on 17, finishing at -6 in solo third.

Furyk bogeyed both 16 and 17, and arrived at the par-3 18th leading by a single shot... and promptly dumped it in the greenside bunker. They say Furyk's biggest weakness is bunker play, but he got up-and-down 9 out of 9 times this week... including that one on the 18th, giving him a one-shot victory over Donald. It's the first time in Jim's career that he's won 3 times in one year.

Oh yeah... it gave him the FedExCup as well. ;-)

With 3 victories and the FedExCup, I have trouble believing that Jim Furyk won't win Player of the Year. Still, some people (like Brandel Chamblee) believe Dustin Johnson has a chance as well because of his performance in the majors. (My money's on Jim Furyk.) I suspect any chance Steve Stricker had is gone, as he slipped into a tie for 25th spot with Matt Kuchar, probably giving Kuchar the Vardon Trophy. PGATOUR.com shows Kuchar's average score as 69.59 and Stricker's as 69.61. (In case you're curious, Furyk came in 5th in scoring, a mere .19 strokes back at 69.78.)

After watching so many player's hack their way around East Lake this week, I couldn't help but think about how "at home" an aquatic animal like an octopus would have felt there. And that's the inspiration for this week's limerick:
I’ve heard he resembles a ceph’lopod
Who fell from a tree. Sure, his swing is odd…
But I’m not cynical
To say Jim’s tentacles
Hit great shots when his rivals just dig up sod.
Next week... THE RYDER CUP!

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