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Monday, May 2, 2011

The Limerick Summary: 2011 Zurich Classic

Winner: Bubba Watson

Around the wider world of golf: Lee Westwood won his second tournament in as many weeks at the ET's Ballantine's Championship; Lisa Ferrero won the Symetra Classic on the LPGA Future's Tour; Yuri Fudoh beat out Jiyai Shin to win the Cyber Agent Ladies on the JLPGA (don't you love those Japanese tournament names?); Ted Potter, Jr. won the South Georgia Classic on the Nationwide Tour; and Maria Hjorth charged from behind to win the Avnet LPGA Classic.

A classic Bubba finish
Yet another now-classic Bubba followthrough! You're welcome.

Whenever the final round involves BubbaBall, you know it's gonna be a fun ride all the way to the finish line.

Bubba and his buddy Webb Simpson were tied for the lead going into the final round, and the two were looking forward to racing together. To be honest, there never really seemed to be anybody else on the track.

Granted, a few players tried to make a race of it. Jason Dufner posted -13 fairly early, a single shot ahead of the Dynamic Duo. Tommy Gainey made a run, also posting -13 and getting his second Top 3 finish in consecutive weeks. And George McNeill tried to floor it down the back straight, but a bogey on the 17th dropped him to -12.

Only K.J. Choi looked like he might successfully challenge the leaders. But after making the turn at -13, the 2002 champion just couldn't get his engine running on all cylinders. Bogeys on 10, 15, and 17 offset birdies on 11, 14, and 16. In the end, he too hit the wall at -13.

So the final racers sprinted ahead of the pack, each posting an eagle and two birdies in the first 5 holes. Simpson bogeyed 6 but got it back at 8... just before Bubba started weaving all over the track, doubling the 9th with a splash off the high banking curves of Pete Dye's signature railroad ties. Simpson then birdied 10 and looked set to take the lead for good.

But it was not to be. Simpson bogeyed 12 and 15, Bubba birdied 13, and the two finished in a dead heat. It took two more laps around the 18th before they could determine the winner; Simpson's wayward shot on the second lap opened the door for Bubba, who gratefully noodled down Victory Lane and took the trophy. (Bubba probably drank milk too -- he's just that kind of guy. But I doubt Mama let him drink from the bottle like they do at Indy.)

Bubba is now the only American player with 3 PGA wins in the last 12 months. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised when he wins anymore. After all, just like any other good racer, he always turns it left. I guess that suits Bubba just fine.

But you know, Bubba's Limerick Summaries always seem to involve balls that don't go quite where he planned. I don't know why that is...
Through the rough and the pond and the bunker,
Sometimes Bubba's ride looks like a junker.
Balls curve hard to the left—
But his touch is quite deft
Whether driving a peach or a clunker.
The photo actually came from a cbcsports.ca article about Saturday's round.

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