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Monday, October 8, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 Timberlake Shriners Open

Winner: Ryan Moore

Around the wider world of golf: Stacey Keating won the Lacoste Ladies Open de France on the LET; K.J. Choi won his own tournament, the CJ Invitational Hosted by KJ Choi, on the Asian Tour (he gave all his winnings to his foundation); Bernhard Langer won the SAS Championship (not far from where I live) on the Champions Tour; Branden Grace won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the ET (this is his 4th ET win this year, plus he won on the Sunshine Tour last week... which I overlooked!); if I read it correctly, Hsuan-Yu Yao won the Taiwan LPGA Fubon Open on the LAGT; and David Lingmerth won the Neediest Kids Championship on the Web.com Tour.

Ryan lifts his second trophy

Some things take a long time. Ryan Moore knows about that. Granted, it didn't take him long to reach the PGA Tour -- he's one of that handful of players to qualify through sponsor exemptions.

But it took him a long time to get his second Tour win. He won the 2009 Wyndham (just about 30 minutes or so from where I live) and he's won plenty of money. He just doesn't have plenty of wins.

His play during the FedExCup Playoffs this year certainly indicated that things might be turning around. His brother gave him some putting advice -- final round putting has been his problem -- and his game just took off. After a T24 at the Barclays he posted two T10s and a T3 to finish the series. Coming back home to Vegas, he was certainly a favorite.

If you didn't, you should have taken the line on Moore. By the time Sunday's final round was well underway, Moore and Brendon de Jonge had separated themselves from the rest of the field, essentially giving us another week of match play.

As it turned out, Brendon was no match for Ryan this week. I guess Ryan was Moore than he could handle.

Ryan had announced that this was his final tournament of the year. He and his wife are expecting a new baby sometime during the next month and he plans to spend the rest of the year with them. And after snagging his biggest check of the year, why not relax a little?

So this week's Limerick Summary bids Happy Baby Days to the Tour's newest champion and reminds him to get whatever sleep he can. Starting next year, there won't be an off-season to rest:
He'd only won one time before;
Now two times he's walked through that door.
He's done for the year
But the Playoffs made clear
That, next season, there's more Moore in store.
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

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