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Monday, March 4, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 Honda Classic

Winner: Michael Thompson

Around the wider world of golf: Michael Hendry won the NZ PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour; Dawie Van Der Walt won the Tshwane Open on the ET/Sunshine Tour; Stacy Lewis won the HSBC Women's Champions on the LPGA; and Patrick Cantlay won the Colombia Championship on the Web.com Tour.

Thompson looks excited

Some first-timers explode in a frenzy of pyrotechnics, the way Henley won the Sony in his first PGA start early this season with a 63 in the final round.

And then there's the guys like Michael Thompson who, after logging their fair share of starts over several years, simply put together a solid final round in the wind to snag their long-chased goal. In fact, Thompson shot one of only five under-par rounds on Sunday, and he wasn't over par in any of his four rounds.

Although he managed an eagle early in the round and managed to hit the par-5 18th in two shots -- well, he hit a greenside bunker -- for the most part he played safe and avoided bad mistakes, then let his short game take care of things. In fact, that shot to the 18th never came close to the water there; it went into a bunker that left him lots of green to work with.

In other words, no pyrotechnics. Just solid, smart play that resulted in his first win.

Besides those five under-par rounds -- all of them 69s, btw -- nobody else shot better than 71. (Par is 70 down at PGA National.) And while the winner usually gets through the Bear Trap (15,16 & 17) in par or better, Thompson went through at +1. Nevertheless, it was good enough for the win.

It was also good enough for the Limerick Summary this week, commemorating the kid named after the famous machine gun who gunned down all his competition:
In Thompson’s last round, he broke par again
While most of the pros were unravelin’.
At PGA National
Par’s not a rational
Goal when the Bear Trap has lots of wind.
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

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