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Monday, October 25, 2010

The Limerick Summary: 2010 Timberlake Shriners Open

Winner: Jonathan Byrd

Around the greater world of golf: Young amateur Matteo Manassero won the CASTELLÓ MASTERS Costa Azahar (yes, they spell it with all caps like that), becoming the youngest winner ever in European Tour history by a full year and beating Seve's record as the youngest full European Tour Member by 12 days; Fred Couples ripped up the field at the Champions Tour's Administaff Small Business Classic, giving himself an outside chance at the Schwab Cup; Donald Mathis won the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open, the Nationwide Tour's last full-field event before the Tour Championship; and Jimin Kang won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, preventing Juli Inkster from becoming the oldest LPGA winner in history. Both the Constructivist and Hound Dog have more details on the LPGA tournament. In fact, Hound Dog has a second post on the event, if you're interested.

Jonathan Byrd gets trophy in VegasOk, this is just getting silly now. First Rocco went nuts at the Frys.com Open, holing out four times in as many days -- one hole-in-one and three eagles from the fairway. It was exciting, but it was back to business as usual this week, right?

Au contraire, mon Capitaine! The madness had only begun! (Click the picture for Golf.com reactions.)

By Sunday afternoon the Vegas tournament had indeed become a roll of the dice. With so many players near the top of the leaderboard -- and all playing extremely well, I have to say -- it finally came down to a three-man playoff between defending champion Martin Laird, veteran Jonathan Byrd, and rookie Cameron Percy. (As you know, all players must have a title. If they are good players and over 40, they get "The xx-Year-Old" as a title. Golf truly is a game of tradition.) The playoff was also well-played, with no one making any mistakes and each making some amazing shots and putts.

But it was getting dark, and after three playoff holes the PGA officials gave them the choice of stopping. All three decided to go on to the par-3 17th, hit their tee shots, and then see if they could see well enough to putt.

It ended up being a moot point as Jonathan Byrd, the first up, calmly struck his ball 204 yards dead-center into the cup. He couldn't even see it go in.

Of course, neither Laird nor Percy was able to duplicate the feat, and Byrd got his first win since 2007.

Unlike Byrd and Laird, Percy needed a win to guarantee his Tour card for next year. It's only a consolation prize, but his T2 moved him up to 144, giving him one more chance to make it into the Top 125 on the money list next week at Disney. He'll probably need around $200,000 to do it.

And then again, maybe he'll hole out for the win next week. Doesn't everybody?
Well, it happened again—have you heard?
This week’s ace in the playoff by Byrd
Left the players all muttering
“Who needs a putter?” and
Shaking their heads. It’s absurd!

2 comments:

  1. What's next ? How about the eventual winner at Disney plays the final round and accepts the trophy in full Captain Jack Sparrow costume ?

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  2. I think the entire field should dress as Disney characters. Donald, Mickey, and Goofy all play the game anyway. ;-)

    And I need to make a correction -- I said Matteo was still an amateur, but he's a pro now. My mistake!

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