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Monday, June 25, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 Travelers Championship

Winner: Marc Leishman

Around the wider world of golf: A very busy weekend! Lee In-woo won the Volvik Hildesheim Open on the men's Asian Tour; Mark Calcavecchia won the Montreal Championship on the Champions Tour; Danny Willett got his first win at the European Tour's BMW International Open; Mel Reid won the Raiffeisenbank Prague Golf Masters on the LET; Brittany Lang won the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic on (of course) the LPGA; Casey Wittenberg won the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open on the Nationwide Tour; and Mayu Hattori won the Earth Mondamin Cup on the JLPGA. Check the Constructivist for details.

Leishman hoists his first trophy

For what it's worth, the LPGA's tournament was clearly the most interesting this weekend. The 3 leaders were playing together in the final group and no one could pull away, then a player 8 strokes back tied them and posted early... and then the weather turned. The leaders couldn't pull away, so there was a 4-player playoff, and Brittany Lang won it -- not only getting her first win but breaking the "curse" that no player from NCAA golf powerhouse Duke University had ever won on the LPGA.

With that said, the Travelers tournament was probably pretty exciting for Marc Leishman. The Aussie shot his own 8-under round and had to sit for 2 1/2 hours while the remainder of the field charged and fell back. The round he thought would get him a Top10 ended up winning the tournament.

What else can I say? The last four holes pretty much destroyed the field. Players like Charlie Hoffman would pull away, only to make a couple of bad shots and end up falling short. One after the other, players like Tim Clark and Roland Thatcher got close enough to sniff victory... then got a noseful of dirt as they plummeted face first back to earth.

How sure was Marc that he wouldn't win? He had gone to get something to eat and watch some "football" (that's soccer for us Americans). He wasn't even planning to watch the tournament!

It's ironic that Travelers sells insurance. This event certainly proved that there are no guarantees in golf!

So this week's Limerick Summary salutes the guy who needed no insurance at all to get his first win... just a beer and some soccer. Good on ya, mate!
A final-round lead's no insurance
Of victory; seeking assurance
Through the last group is futile.
Although waiting's brutal,
You might win with Marc's plan—endurance.
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

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