Monday, March 5, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 Honda Classic

Winner: Rory McIlroy

Around the wider world of golf: It was a relatively quiet golf week elsewhere on the planet. ShanShan Feng won the first ever World Ladies Championship on the LET; Airi Saitoh won the Daikin Orchid Ladies, the season's opening tournament on the JLPGA (the Constructivist has all the details); and despite a Sunday 74, Edward Loar still managed to hang on and win the Panama Claro Championship on the Nationwide Tour.

WE'RE NUMBER 1! WE'RE NUMBER 1!
"WE'RE NUMBER 1! WE'RE NUMBER 1!"

All I can say is... Wow.

I'll get to the new Big Kahuna in a moment. Let's take a moment to remember the other big stories of the week.

There was the new course record set on Friday by noob Brian Harmon. Just a little 9-under 61, smashing the former course record by 3 strokes. Of course, several other players tied the original 64 over the course of the tournament.

There were the amazing runs by Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood, just to remind Rory that the guys in his rear view mirror are closer than they appear. Playing in the worst of the weather on Sunday, both guys beat the original course record without posting a single bogey. Lee shot 7-under, which included one eagle and got him solo 4th, and Tiger shot 8-under, which included two eagles and got him T2. This was Tiger's lowest professional round ever. Skeptics of both Tiger and Lee, take note!

There was the amazing tournament that Tom Gillis shot, getting him a T2 with Tiger -- his best finish in any tournament ever.

And then there was the golden boy himself, scrambling from every bunker and rough patch on the course to get his 3rd PGA Tour win against a strong field and snag the #1 spot on the OWGR. He didn't even seem to be bothered by the roar when Tiger eagled 18 to post 10-under in the clubhouse.

Just another ho-hum day on the PGA.

Look, you're going to hear about Rory's ascent to the top of the golfing world all week -- and rightfully so, I might add -- so I won't repeat it all here. It's enough to point out that he shot +16 last year and -12 this year. Is a 28-stroke improvement enough to let you know he really deserves to be the Big Kahuna this week?

The biggest news for me is that we've got a WGC next week. All the big guys will be in it -- Rory, Luke, Lee, Martin Kaymer, Stricks, Schwartzel, Phil, Tiger -- and it looks like they're all playing good enough golf to make Doral look like a major.

Wow.

So this week the Limerick Summary salutes the new #1. What more is there to say?
His race to the number one ranking
Meant Rory gave two guys a spanking.
Both Tiger and Westy
May feel a bit testy—
Their best was no more than chain-yanking!
And in case you're unfamiliar with the term, "yanking your chain" means someone is trying to annoy you.

The photo came from PGATOUR.com's front page.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations to Rory on his gaining the World No.1 spot. What an achievement! We're getting used to the media trucks in the golf club car park these days. Long may it continue.

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