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Monday, September 19, 2011

The Limerick Summary: 2011 BMW Championship

Winner: Justin Rose

Around the wider world of golf: The big news came from the ladies this week as Lexi Thompson got her first LPGA win at the Navistar LPGA Classic and became the youngest person to win a multi-round event on any tour. But there was other golf news as well: The GB&I team overcame a scare from the Continental Europe team to win the Vivendi Seve Trophy; Jay Don Blake got his first Champions Tour win at the Songdo IBD Championship; Jason Kokrak got his first Nationwide Tour win at the Albertsons Boise Open; Melissa Reid won the Open de EspaƱa Femenino on the LET for her third win; and Mayu Hattori won the Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic for her third JLPGA win.

Justin Rose after BMW win

Have you ever noticed how many "underachievers" seem to be winning on Tour these days? Forget the worldwide wins for a moment. Justin Rose has 3 PGA Tour wins -- and big wins, at that -- in the last 15 months. Maybe he hasn't played the way everybody expected... but wouldn't you love to underachieve as successfully?

Justin's swing has been the subject of scrutiny the last few days because he played so well Thursday -- he hit every fairway and all but two greens (appropriate at a tournament sponsored by BMW) -- and then his stats steadily worsened over the next few rounds. By Sunday he was hitting just a bit over 55% in both areas. This flaw has been blamed on Justin's "inconsistent rhythm." I suspect there's some truth to that. Poor rhythm certainly throws your swing out of whack.

I do find myself wondering what the players with consistent rhythm blame their sprayed shots on, though. ;-)

Look, I'm not going to defend nor attack Justin's swing today. There are plenty of commentators ready and willing to do so without my help. What I want to do is congratulate Justin on playing his way not just into the Tour Championship next week but into the Top 5. As you know, the Top 5 can win the FedExCup if they win the Tour Championship -- they won't need "help" from the other players in order to get that monstrously huge $10 mil payout. That's no small accomplishment.

Two other players who I think should get some special attention are Geoff Ogilvy, who both made the Big 30 and his Presidents Cup team (it's being played in Australia this time, you know), and the forgotten hero of the last month or so, Jason Dufner. Jason was pretty much written off after his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship; some said they would certainly give him a pass for the rest of this year, just to give him time to get over the loss. I guess it helps to hang around Vijay Singh a lot; Jason finished T6 this weekend to make it to East Lake. Yeah, Jason!

And in case you missed it, here are the Top 5 next week:
  1. Webb Simpson
  2. Dustin Johnson
  3. Justin Rose
  4. Luke Donald
  5. Matt Kuchar
These are the guys who can take it all with a win. In my mind, both Kuch and Donald are due.

But for now I'll just send out this long distance Limerick Summary to the driver who needed his crash helmet to get it across the line... but he managed to do it in one piece. Perhaps his mechanic can take a look at that timing problem before next week's race:
The ultimate driving machine
From Thursday would swerve and careen
While crossing the finish…
Though that won't diminish
His chance at a prize that's obscene.
The pic came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

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