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Monday, November 14, 2011

The Limerick Summary: 2011 Emirates Australian Open

Winner: Greg Chalmers

Around the wider world of golf: With the PGA Tour officially on hiatus till January (except for the Presidents Cup, of course) the other tours get a chance to shine. Gonzalo "Gonzo" Fernandez-Castaño became the first Spaniard to win the rain-shortened Barclays Singapore Open in a 2-hole playoff against Juvic Pagunsan; and Catriona Matthew won the LPGA's Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

Greg Chalmers kisses the Stonehaven Cup

Everywhere you turned, it was about Tiger Woods. Even after he didn't win, all the articles and posts are about how Tiger didn't win. Very little is being written about how Greg Chalmers stepped up and made crucial putts after crucial shots down the stretch. He shot -2 on the back 9 -- ironically, just the amount he needed to beat 3rd-place Tiger and 2nd-place John Senden.

Another Aussie, in case you're keeping score. But you'd never know it if you didn't see it. Apparently the actual winner is less important than the big-name also-ran who, despite making a tremendous and inspiring showing, still didn't get the job done. Chalmers won't have to question his choices down the stretch, whether he gets credit for his good play or not.

I doubt if Greg Chalmers really cares. As much attention as Tiger got, it was an Australian who won the Emirates Australian Open. And given how choked up he was when he accepted the Stonehaven Cup -- his second victory at this event, btw -- I suspect Tiger Woods is the farthest thing from his mind right now.

Chalmers spent two years on the Nationwide Tour before making it to the PGA Tour in 2009. He doesn't have a win here in the States yet... but I suspect beating Tiger in Australia will do for now. ;-)

Maybe Greg Chalmers won't get much due for his victory down under, but at least I can give him a Limerick Summary. Good on ya, mate!
Though upstaged by one Tiger Woods,
'Twas Greg who came up with the goods.
Despite all the pressure
He grins like a Cheshire
Cat, unplagued by coulds, woulds, or shoulds.
The photo came from the UK Daily Mail Online site.

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