Around the wider world of golf: Martin Kaymer ripped the field apart with an eight-shot victory in defense of his title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on the European Tour and took over #2 on the OWGR from Tiger Woods; and John Cook posted back-to-back 64s to win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship on the Champions Tour.
Well, "Jhonny Vegas" went four-under in the first eight holes of his final round at the Hope, and we all thought it was over. Gary Woodland and Martin Laird, his playing companions, struggled as Vegas pulled away.
But the happiness of Vegas didn't stay with Vegas. As quickly as it started, the party ended and it looked like Jhonny's "Hope" of victory might be extinguished. The star found himself putting for par -- lengthy, tricky putts -- on hole after hole. Meanwhile, on the back nine, Woodland found something and started making a move.
And in a group up ahead, defending champion Bill Haas caught fire and posted a 66. It put him at -27, one stroke behind Vegas... but Vegas continued to struggle for par. Coming up the 18th, Woodland stood at -26 and Vegas at -28. Vegas had saved difficult pars for nine straight holes and needed only one more.
Then the unthinkable happened! Woodland made birdie and Vegas bogeyed, giving Haas new life as the three headed for sudden death. From there it was almost anticlimactic. Haas was eliminated on the first hole with a par, and Woodland on the next with a bogey.
You might say the bright light of Vegas shone through in the gathering dark. (Well, I would. I'm corny that way.)
When I did my introductory post on Jhonattan Vegas a few days ago I mentioned his victory on the Nationwide Tour last year. However, I'm still not used to keeping up with the events in South America, so I missed his win at the VISA Argentine Open in December. In the process Vegas beat, among others, major champions Ángel Cabrera and Tom Lehman. Forget the hype -- Jhonny Vegas is for real, folks.
And so this week's Limerick Summary goes out to the first rookie winner of 2011. I guess you could say "The trophy won by Vegas stays with Vegas."
The Vegas ads play on duplicity:The photo is from PGATOUR.com.
What happens there, stays there. Publicity
For this Vegas win
Will get a new spin
Since his game shows real authenticity!