Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Winner: Tiger Woods

Around the wider world of golf: Michael Allen won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on the Champions Tour; Kiradech Aphibarnrat won the Maybank Malaysian Open on the ET; Beatriz Recari won the Kia Classic on the LPGA; Jaco Van Zyl won the Investec Cup on the Sunshine Tour; Edward Loar won the Chitimacha Louisiana Open on the Web.com Tour; and Manuel Villegas (that's Camilo's brother) won the TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open on the PGA Latinoamérica Tour.

The Cat and the King

Yep, that's a picture of Tiger and Arnie celebrating his 8th win at "the Arnie." As the King said, it's not quite the same as what Sam Snead did -- the GGO was played at several different courses during his run of 8 wins, while Tiger won all of his at Bay Hill -- but it's still a pretty unusual accomplishment.

Well, unusual for anybody but Tiger. After all, he's got two or three more events he can win 8 times in the next year or so.

Plus this makes three wins in his last four starts, three wins this season, three wins going into Augusta, six wins in the last 12 months... yadda yadda yadda. And then there was that little thing of reclaiming #1 in the OWGR from Rory. (Of course, Rory can reclaim it next week since he's playing in Houston but Tiger isn't... but we're all used to that back-and-forth during a change at the top, aren't we?) There's not much need to beat this in the ground, after all.

One thing the media has missed that I would like to point out is that this is the first time -- at least, since the rankings were started -- that an American was at the top of both the OWGR and Rolex Rankings at the same time. Tiger and Stacy Lewis make history yet again.

We won't be seeing Tiger until the Masters in three weeks, so there'll be plenty of time for everybody to debate whether he's ready to get back on the major bandwagon and snag number 15 in his pursuit of Jack. In the meantime, the Limerick Summary salutes Tiger for grabbing another win and especially for getting back to the top of the OWGR after so many said he'd never make it back. Given that they were so far wrong about that, I'd think twice before believing that Tiger will never catch Jack...
The weatherman gave him a test
But Tiger’s game still was the best.
Rain poured and wind howled
But the story was how
He retook Number One from the rest.
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

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