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Monday, January 17, 2011

The Limerick Summary: 2011 Sony Open

Winner: Mark Wilson

Around the wider world of golf: Charl Schwartzel defended his title at the Joberg Open on the European Tour. Schwartzel is off to another hot start this year; his last four starts are a second, 2 fourths, and a win. Since he accepted a PGA Tour card this year, you might want to keep an eye out for him!

Photo of Mark Wilson from msnbc.comYes, it finally came down to this: A relatively small group of players plodding along 36 soggy fairways, hoping they could finish this rain-drenched tournament on time. Around 10 miles of golf later -- 10 miles of slushy, mushy golf -- we did indeed have a winner.

Not the one we expected, though...

The guys who started near the front just couldn't find the magic. Shigeki Maruyama, Stuart Allenby, and Steve Marino were the guys to watch early on, but they all faltered down the stretch. It's not that they played badly -- in fact, I think Shigeki may have had his best finish ever at the Sony -- but they just couldn't get it going deep enough. Marino had the best chance, making some incredible shots down the stretch, but the best he could do was T2, two shots back.

Tim Clark was the big man on the beach Sunday, posting a total of -10 for his two final rounds. But he was the other half of the T2 twosome. (Say that five times fast!) This is two good weeks for him, however; he's another player who should be on your radar this year.

In the end it was Mark Wilson grabbing his 3rd win. Wilson joked that he seems to win every other year -- just enough to keep his card -- but that it was ok with him. This win gets him into the Masters, and with his accuracy he could be a factor if he continues to play well. We'll hope he doesn't wait until 2013 to pick up his 4th win!

At any rate, here's a soggy Limerick Summary for a guy who played swimmingly:
Mark Wilson has been called a plodder,
But when the course went under water
He strapped on his fins
And stroked till the end.
He won ‘cause he did what he otter.
The photo is from this article.



  2. Forget the 20 somethings and the 40 somethings. The Golf Channel should have been promoting the 30 somethings. The guys on The Morning Drive eluded to this during the telecast this morning. Two relatively unknown golfers win the first two tournaments of the year.

    Seems as though the guys have stepped their game up for the 2011 season. Everyone is working out. Boo Weekley quit drinking alcohol(for now, as he says). Nick Faldo made comments about all the gadgets the players are using on the practice greens.

    I doubt it will happen, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was a different winner for each tournament this year. More so than ever, I think golfers are confident in their abilities, which means that anyone could win on "any given Sunday".