Around the wider world of golf: Not much this week, as we're entering the so-called "Silly Season." Arnond Vongvanij won the King's Cup on the Asian Tour; Pornanong Phatlum won the Hero Women's India Open on the LAGT; and Martin Kaymer won the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
I may start calling Graeme McDowell "Irish Ice" because he's got ice water running through his veins when the pressure is on, yet he always seems to be smiling. He certainly knows how to close out a tournament once he gets the lead.
Granted, he hasn't been too impressive as a closer this season. (The last two seasons, in fact.) He's gone through equipment changes, injuries, some swing changes, relocation, engagement, and a business start-up... and now he seems to have it all working again. He showed signs earlier in the season with some good finishes in majors, but he just couldn't seem to get 'er done.
This week, only Keegan Bradley was able to challenge him... but he just didn't have enough to wipe the smile from those Irish eyes. He just couldn't keep pace with the man who grew up playing in damp weather -- a man who, by the way, has racked up two wins and a runner-up finish in his only three starts at Tiger's tourney.
Graeme will be taking around ten weeks off -- he still has business concerns and such to attend to, as well as just needing a vacation. But 2013 certainly looks bright for him, and this week's Limerick Summary celebrates his victory as well as my new nickname for him.
Let’s just call Graeme McDowell “Irish Ice”The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.
‘Cause he’s cool under pressure, precise
When it counts, and he’s smiling
So wide ‘cause he’s piling
Up cash. Few win this event twice!