Monday, May 28, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 Crowne Plaza Invitational

Winner: Zach Johnson

Around the wider world of golf: Luke Donald successfully defended a title for the first time and returned to world #1 with his win at the BMW PGA Championship on the ET; Anne-Lise Caudal won the UniCredit Ladies German Open on the LET; Roger Chapman got his first-ever Champions Tour win -- and first major -- at the 73rd Senior PGA Championship; and Shanshan Feng won the Yonex Ladies on the JLPGA. The Constructivist has the details on that one.

Zach in another plaid jacket

I have a desk calendar with daily sayings. One of them is "Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change."

This certainly seems to be the best way to sum up the final round of the tournament at Colonial. Madness reigned as the two men who separated themselves from the field -- Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner -- prepared for their duel.

In the end, their dueling pistols had wet powder, misfired continually, and proved nearly impossible to aim. And, in a final "rub of the green" that somehow seemed appropriate, the victor had a brief moment where he thought he might have lost the tournament.

There were two-shot and three-shot swings back and forth throughout the round. The typically even-tempered Dufner misjudged distances and showed frustration while the normally accurate Johnson scooped chips and nearly hit himself with a shot from the bunker. And after a momentary brain fart where he forgot to replace his ball marker on the 18th hole, a two-stroke penalty left Zach with a prayer of thanks on his lips for a much closer victory than he expected. Three strokes reduced to a single stroke, as measured by the width of a putter head.

It's forgivable, of course. Both men were clearly tired after several weeks of sterling play. Jason had won 2 of his last 3 starts and gotten married. Zach had 2 runner-ups in his last 3 starts and his caddie had lost his father to cancer. Life is a mixed bag, after all. Both will be ready for the US Open and both will probably be favorites going in.

In the meantime, this week's Limerick Summary salutes Zach Johnson's return to the winner's circle as well as the strange way that winners are sometimes determined:
Let's talk about greens and their rubs:
Sometimes it's not swings made with clubs
That send players reeling.
Zach's win left him kneeling
Since scores swung so wildly from flubs!
The photo came from the front page at PGATOUR.com.

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