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Monday, May 21, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship

Winner: Jason Dufner

Around the wider world of golf: Nicolas Colsaerts won the Volvo World Match Play Championship on the European Tour; Azahara Munoz got her first LPGA victory at the Sybase Match Play Championship; Nick Flanagan won a 3-hole playoff at the Nationwide's BMW Charity Pro-Am; and Ji-Hee Lee won the Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open on the JLPGA. (The Constructivist has all the details.)

A rare show of emotion

Oh my gosh! Is that emotion on Jason Dufner's face? Has the world gone mad?

Yes, marriage seems to suit the Waggler very well, very well indeed. A win less than a month ago, a mere week before his wedding, and now a second win with his new wife cheering wildly from the sidelines. (Well, at least it was wild for a Dufner.) The man who was good at leading after the first and second rounds seems to have finally found the key to fourth-round leads... and he's using it every chance he gets.

There's not much I can add to all the things that are being said about Jason in the media. He just keeps playing good golf... and he finally seems to realize that he is good. It's hard to beat a man once he learns that.

I bet Vijay Singh has already reminded him of that little nugget of truth. The two will probably go celebrate by practicing for several days nonstop. It'll give Jason some time to consider what he's done, as well as what might lie ahead.

Jason is only the 2nd two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year (the other being Hunter Mahan). He now leads the FedExCup points list. I heard he probably locked up a spot on the Ryder Cup with this win. And the most interesting fact I heard is that the Nelson was Keegan Bradley's win last year before going on to beat Jason at the PGA Championship. Is this an omen?

Whether it is or not, it's clear he's going to need more gym time if he plans to keep hoisting these huge trophies. He doesn't need to hurt himself right here in the heart of major season!

At any rate, this week's Limerick Summary salutes the Waggler. Whoever thinks they can become the new Batman on Tour better keep an eye out for this new supervillain. He clearly intends to steal some trophies!
He waggled to victory once,
Then twice with a calm nonchalance.
But know this: he'll mention—
Without any flinchin'—
His wife's his best win. He's no dunce!
The photo came from the front page at PGATOUR.com.

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