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Monday, December 17, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 Alfred Dunhill Championship

Winner: Charl Schwartzel

Around the wider world of golf: Sergio Garcia won the Iskandar Johor Open on the Asian Tour; Daniel Popovic won the Australian PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour; Teresa Lu won the Taifong Ladies Open on the LAGT; Davis Love and his son Dru won the PNC Father/Son Challenge; and Ariya Jutanugarn is leading the LET's Q-School going into its final day.

Schwartzel with trophy

These kind of tournaments drive me crazy. You know -- the tournaments that get played in 2012 but count on the 2013 season. I'm listing this one as 2012 because it IS 2012, dammit!

Fortunately for Charl Schwartzel, it doesn't seem to matter what year it is. After struggling most of 2012 with a variety of swing problems (both physical and otherwise), Charl seems to have hit his stride the last few weeks. After two high finishes in tournaments that he didn't win, he took last week's Thailand Golf Championship by 11 strokes and backed it up this week with a 12-stroke victory in the Alfred Dunhill Championship down in South Africa.

What can you say about such dominating performances? True, the biggest names in golf aren't playing right now and the other "high-rankers" are scattered around the globe. But winning anywhere is hard, winning two weeks in a row even harder, and going 49-under in those two weeks -- beating the rest of the field by 23 strokes total -- is just unbelievable.

If Charl is finally back in the form that gave him the 2011 Masters title, there could be some bleak days ahead for any field he plays in... and the guys at the top of the OWGR might not be exempt from the pressure.

So this week's Limerick Summary welcomes Charl back to the winner's circle -- he needed this ET win to qualify for my own RGWR -- and takes a quick look into the old crystal ball:
This is two weeks straight Charl’s been the victor.
If December is any predictor
Of Twenty-thirteen,
Going this deep might mean
He’ll squeeze fields like a boa constrictor.
The photo came from this page at europeantour.com.

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