Monday, June 11, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 FedEx St. Jude Classic

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Around the wider world of golf: Shanshan Feng won the Wegmans LPGA Championship and became the first golfer from mainland China, male or female, to win a major; Lee Westwood won the Nordea Masters on the European Tour; Tom Lehman snagged the Regions Tradition, the 2nd Champions Tour major of the year; Line Videl won the LET's Allianz Ladies Slovak Open; Lauren Doughtie won the Ladies Titan Tire Challenge on the Symetra Tour; Lee Williams won the Mexico Open on the Nationwide Tour; the Britain-Ireland team won the Curtis Cup, breaking a 16-year string of wins by the US; and Hyo-Joo Kim -- an amateur! -- won the Suntory Ladies Open on the JLPGA. The Constructivist has details on that one.

DJ hoists his 6th PGA Tour trophy

You can be forgiven if your first reaction on seeing the photo above was "But that's not Rory McIlroy!" All the talk coming into the St. Jude was about Rory's three missed cuts and his preparation for his Open defense next week.

At various points there were a number of potential stories in the mix -- J.B. Holmes in a comeback from brain surgery, Davis Love III potentially playing his way onto his own Ryder Cup team, and even John Daly's continuing improvement. (Note: With Daly's final round 64, we would have had a playoff if he had merely shot par on Saturday. Talk about a story!)

But Dustin Johnson? It's only his second start back after an injury-plagued first half of the season. As if it wasn't enough to get back in shape after some knee surgery late last year, a desire to heave jet skis around had sidelined him since early March. Even his coach Butch Harmon was stunned by his performance this week.

Perhaps the most shocking aspect was how DJ did it. Quite frankly, it was a quiet, almost unimpressive round of golf -- not at all what we expect from him. He fired an even-tempered round of 66 with a single bogey and 5 birdies. He silently marched through an erratic field, posted his score, and took his 6th PGA Tour event -- an accomplishment that makes him the first player since Tiger to win in each of his first 5 seasons. It also gives him the most wins of any Tour player in his 20s.

Does that make DJ a favorite going into the U.S. Open this week? Probably not. He's proven to be a bit wild at times, and Olympic won't be a forgiving track. But then again, when you aren't able to even swing a club for 6 weeks, you aren't supposed to win in your second start back.

At any rate, this week's Limerick Summary salutes DJ on his accomplishment and offers a bit of useful advice to help him continue in his winning ways:
A jet ski won't help with your golf score;
Deadlifting one just makes your back sore.
DJ… Since you've proved it,
Hire others to move it!
Don't act like the Hulk and you'll win more.
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com. And some of the facts about DJ's career came from this Tour wrap-up page.

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