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Monday, October 22, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 McGladrey Classic

Winner: Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey

Around the wider world of golf: Suzann Pettersen won the LPGA-KEB HanaBank Championship in a playoff; Bo Van Pelt won the ISPS HANDA Perth International on the European Tour (over Jason Dufner -- they were the only two American players in the field!); Russell Henley won the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open on the Web.com Tour in a playoff -- his 2nd win in less than a month; and Teboho Sefatsa won the BMG Classic on the Sunshine Tour.

Holding on with Two Gloves

I got them ALL wrong this weekend. I thought So Yeon Ryu would win in Korea; she faded badly at the end of the second round and never recovered. And I thought Jason Dufner would run Bo Van Pelt down, simply because Jason's putting seemed to be getting better with each round.

But I take comfort in knowing that NO ONE got the McGladrey right. I'm thrilled that Tommy won -- it's about time! -- but I sure didn't see it coming.

Maybe I should have. It's not just that we've had so many come-from-way-behind winners this season, but Ben Crane did the same thing here last year. Tommy was 7 back as well, and put together a bogey-free round of 10-under -- 8 birdies and an eagle. He had seven straight 3s on his final nine, and his 60 was a course record. He even had a birdie chance on 18 to shoot 59, which he left just slightly short and to the side. But he said it was a fast putt that could get away from you, so I suspect he decided to err on the safe side.

A wise choice, as it turned out. The shootout between the leaders never materialized, although David Toms posted his own 7-under and came up one short of a playoff.

With his win Tommy lays both hands on his first trophy, a trip to Hawaii, invitations to most of the big tournaments next year (I think this put him at 55th on the money list), and is now within spitting distance of Augusta. Not bad for a former factory worker with a swing that makes Jim Furyk look orthodox. (Well, sort of.)

This week's Limerick Summary pays tribute to the former Big Break winner who just made his own big break. Many congrats, Two Gloves!
Tommy's nickname makes all of his fans grin
And it seemed an appropriate name when
He clawed back from behind –
Almost shot 59!
Seems he needed two gloves to grab this win.
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

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