Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Around the wider world of golf: Nothing yet. It's just the first week of the new season!

DJ hoists the Hyundai trophy

You're not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy... although I know the winds might have reminded you of it...

It wasn't the paradise the players have come to expect. High winds, sideways rain, and three cancelled rounds of golf -- two of which were started but never finished. There was some doubt that the Tour could even get in the requisite three rounds that would make this an official event.

But they did. And as he has done the last two times we had three-round rain-shortened events, Dustin Johnson calmly sprinted out to a lead and never relinquished it.

Only defending champion Steve Stricker really gave him a run, pulling within a stroke at times during the final round. But even when DJ made a rare mistake, like the double-bogey he took on 13, he bounced right back with a birdie -- or, in the previous case, an eagle on 14. When you manage to shoot 3-under on your back 9, even with a double-bogey, you're playing well.

An important thing to note from this week's tournament is that DJ's short game is clearly improved. He was a bit ticked late last year that he wasn't getting any credit for how much better it was, but this week it was impossible to ignore. Given how well it held up, even in these tough course conditions, it's hard to doubt that he might be on the verge of a breakout year.

So this week's Limerick Summary -- the first of 2013 -- is a quick salute to the man who won a quick tournament and has an equally quick turnaround for his next tournament (he's scheduled to tee off at the Sony at 7:50am Hawaii time on Thursday):
After three days’ delay from winds gustin’,
Every man in the field learned that Dustin
Has a new dossier:
He just blew them away
With a short game it seems he can trust in.
The photo came from the Hyundai tournament page at PGATOUR.com.

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