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Monday, June 4, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 Memorial Tournament

Winner: Tiger Woods

Around the wider world of golf: A lot happened this weekend. The University of Texas won the NCAA men's golf championship; Jay Haas won the Principal Charity Classic on the Champions Tour; Thongchai Jaidee got his first ET win at the ISPS Handa Wales Open; Carlota Ciganda won the Deloitte Ladies Open on the LET; Stacy Lewis won the ShopRite LPGA Classic on the LPGA; James Hahn got his first win at the Rex Hospital Open on the Nationwide Tour; former Big Breaker Sara Brown got her first Symetra Tour win at the My Marsh Golf Classic; and Mi-Jeong Jeon won the Resort Trust Ladies on the JLPGA. (The Constructivist has details on that one.)

And don't forget that GC plans to cover U.S. Open Qualifying all day long today at all the sites where it's being held.

Two champions

I guess Spencer Levin will have to keep knockin'. There was a large Cat guarding the door.

I didn't expect Tiger to play that well Sunday, given how sick he was. We didn't find out until early Sunday that he had played for two days with a 102-degree fever. But once the fever broke Saturday night, it appears the floodgates did too.

It's hard to believe you might have missed it, but Tiger birdied 3 of the last 4 holes -- 15, 16 & 18 -- to win the Memorial by 2 and tie Jack's 73 total PGA wins right in front of Jack. The shot of the tournament was his chip-in on 16, which Jack said was the best he'd ever seen given what was at stake if he didn't pull it off. There are already several clips on YouTube, including one from the PGA Tour that has embedding disabled but includes Jack's commentary. In the meantime, here's a short clip of the shot itself:



With this win Tiger jumps up to #5 #4 in the OWGR and #3 in my RGWR. He now has 3 wins -- the Chevron (against players like Graeme McDowell and Zach Johnson) and both Arnie's and Jack's tournaments -- in only 6 months.

Ironically, while Tiger actually seems a little more open right now -- for example, when the media asked if he could remember the last time he was this excited (he said he actually didn't remember what he did at 16 because he was "really happy"), he admitted it was the Chevron win -- his critics still don't seem willing to admit that maybe he knows what he's doing. I heard a few commentators who assessed his play this week as just ok, despite the difficulty of the course and him being sick. Do I detect some sour grapes? Perhaps indigestion from eating too much crow?

At any rate, this week's Limerick Summary pays tribute to all the doubters out there... and the record-tying performance of some kid named Eldrick. Way to go, big fella:
Think the legend won't get any bigger?
Then he roars back again… and with vigor!
Critics mutter, "Oh, gee,
Now it's seventy-three…"
And again, Tiger gets the last snigger.
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

2 comments:

  1. It's actually Thongchai Jaidee's fifth European Tour win, but his first outside of the co-sanctioned events in Asia and thus his first win in Europe.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thongchai_Jaidee

    Kevin

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  2. Thanks, Kevin. I must have misunderstood the announcers. Wouldn't be the first time I missed something important. ;-)

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