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Monday, September 10, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 BMW Championship

Winner: Rory McIlroy

Around the wider world of golf: The LPGA still doesn't have a winner at the Kingsmill Championship! Paula Creamer and Jiyai Shin played 8 playoff holes before they could no longer see the fairway. GC will broadcast the continuing playoff this morning at 9am ET. Elsewhere, Peter Hanson won the KLM Open on the ET with an eagle on the 18th hole; Caroline Hedwall successfully defended her UNIQA Ladies Golf Open title on the LET; Matthew Griffin won the High1 Resort Open on the OneAsian Tour; Terry Price won the Pon Senior Open on the Euro Seniors Tour; and apparently Chie Arimura won the JLPGA's 2nd major of the year, the Konica Minolta Cup. I imagine the Constructivist will have a summary up soon.

Rory's newest trophy

Before I go any further, let me repeat what I said earlier: The LPGA still doesn't have a winner at the Kingsmill Championship. Paula Creamer and Jiyai Shin played 8 playoff holes before they could no longer see the fairway. GC will broadcast the continuing playoff this morning at 9am ET. I want to make sure you know about that, in case you read this in time to see it!

UPDATE: Jiyai Shin won on the first hole Monday morning (which would be the 9th playoff hole) with a par.

Now, where were we? Oh, yes... INSANITY. After Sunday's finish, I suspect the powers-that-be at the PGA Tour and FedEx need more than bail for excessive partying... they probably need an "extended vacation" at the Betty Ford Center. (For those of you outside the US who may not know, that's a famous drug and alcohol abuse treatment center.)

If you saw the final round, you know that the 2012 golf season somehow keeps getting better and better. Just when we think we've seen the best golf we've ever seen, BAM! We get something even better. And it's fair to say that we've never seen ANYTHING like we saw this weekend.

In the end, we got Rory winning his 2nd tourney in a row and his 3rd in 4 starts. In the process he pretty much locked up the money title and POY, and possibly both of the scoring titles. We saw ALL of the golf world's heavyweights going toe-to-toe on a tough course all at once. And we ended up with a Tour Championship field of 30 that may very well be the best single field ever assembled.

Just for the record, the Top 5 -- the guys who "control their own destiny," who if they win the Tour Championship also get the FedExCup -- are:
  1. Rory McIlroy
  2. Tiger Woods
  3. Nick Watney
  4. Phil Mickelson
  5. Brandt Snedeker
It would have been nice to see Lee Westwood in that group, but it's not bad, is it? And -- once again -- Tiger and Rory will be paired for the first two days of the Tour Championship. With Mickelson busting into the Top 5, the Tour and sponsors got just about everything they could have possibly asked for.

Like I said, we've never seen ANYTHING like we saw this weekend... at least, not until the Tour Championship in a couple of weeks. Until then, at least we've got the Ricoh Women's British Open to keep us entertained. Need I remind you that the Kobra will be there?

For now, I'll just leave you with this week's Limerick Summary, saluting the Tour's newest pain-in-the-neck (at least, for the rest of the field):
The field has been settled for East Lake…
And you might say they ALL got a bad break
Because Rory's win here
Puts him first, free and clear,
In the points. Now he's MORE than a headache!
The photo came from the BMW Championship home page at PGATOUR.com.

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