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Monday, April 25, 2011

The Limerick Summary: 2011 Heritage

Winner: Brandt Snedeker

Around the wider world of golf: For a holiday, this was a busy weekend! Kumiko Kaneda won the Fujisankei Ladies Classic on the JLPGA; Nicolas Colsaerts won the Volvo China Open, his first victory on the ET; David Eger and Mark McNulty won the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on the Champions Tour in a two-hole playoff against Scott Hoch and Kenny Perry (Des Smyth and Mark James won the Raphael Division); and Lee Westwood won the Indonesian Masters, successfully retaking the #1 spot in the OWGR.

Snedeker on #7 at the HeritageIf this really is the last Heritage to be played on the PGA Tour, it certainly went out with a bang. Well, maybe bang isn't quite the right word; I understand the traditional cannons are much louder than that.

The day started with defending champ Jim Furyk and leader Luke Donald paired together. Furyk eventually fell out of contention after 3 bogeys and 2 doubles ruined his day. But that didn't mean Donald would have a carefree walk to the winner's circle.

First Brandt Snedeker birdied nine holes -- including the 18th -- to post at -12, making him leader in the clubhouse. Then both Tim Herron and Ricky Barnes put up runs, finally ending up tied at -10. South Carolina's own Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey made a run that included his own birdie on 18 and finished solo 3rd at -11, his best finish on Tour this year. (He posted a 2nd back in 2008.)

Donald matched Snedeker with a par on 18, and the two went to a playoff. Winning would not only make Donald a two-time winner this year but vault him to the top of the world rankings.

Both players birdied the 18th, then parred the 17th. But after a half-buried lie on the third playoff hole left him with a chip for par, the best Donald could do was lip out for a bogey and 2nd place. Brandt Snedeker got his 2nd Tour win by shooting the 2nd-lowest score of his career.

Appropriately, he had shot his lowest score to get his first win back at the 2007 Wyndham Championship. Ironically, he shot both personal-best scores in final rounds!

And so perhaps ends the run of one extremely popular Tour stop, since the Heritage doesn't have a new sponsor yet. South Carolina managed to find the money to keep it going this year, but this is it unless somebody steps up. So this Limerick Summary not only pays tribute to the winner but to the tournament itself. And in case you don't know, an exchequer is a treasury:
The last of the Heritage exchequer
Wound up with the victor, Brandt Snedeker.
But he wins with a frown;
Till a sponsor is found,
The end of this stop is a dread specter.
Click the pic to read the story as reported in the Deseret News.

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