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Monday, April 22, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 RBC Heritage

Winner: Graeme McDowell

Around the wider world of golf: Lots of golf this week! Marianne Skarpnord won the weather-shortened South African Women's Open on the LET; Raphaël Jacquelin won the Open de España on the ET in 9 extra holes (tying the ET record); Yoshinobu Tsukada won the Token Homemate Cup on the Asian Tour; Suzann Pettersen won the LPGA LOTTE Championship on the LPGA (her 2nd win of the year); Bernhard Langer won the Greater Gwinnett Championship on the Champions Tour; Angel Cabrera won the 82° Abierto OSDE del Centro on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; and Jake Roos won the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open on the Sunshine Tour.

Graeme's new trophy

After I did a post about Charlie Hoffman's swing a couple of days ago and then Charlie went nuts Saturday, it looked like I was going to be a prophet and Charlie was going to walk away with the RBC Heritage. However, the wind came up Sunday and everyone found it hard to walk.

Except for Graeme McDowell and Webb Simpson, that is. Not only could they walk, but they could control their golf balls as well! Both had something in common -- they were U.S. Open champions who won their Opens in California, within spitting distance of the Pacific Ocean. They knew how to deal with ocean winds.

Of course, growing up in Ireland apparently gave Graeme a slight edge over Webb in that department. Graeme made only one bogey all day. Webb had four; unfortunately, one came in the playoff. That was one too many.

This was Graeme's first PGA Tour win since his U.S. Open, but given how well he's been playing (that missed cut at the Masters was the only real blemish this year) this win could be just what he needs to catapult him into a strong run at 2013's remaining majors.

Appropriately enough, this week's Limerick Summary looks ahead to the Irishman's potential going forward:
His Irish home sounds so romantic…
But winds blowing off the Atlantic
Meant Graeme’s golfing background
Gave Webb quite the smackdown;
For Graeme, this win could be gigantic.
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

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