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Monday, April 1, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 Shell Houston Open

Winner: D.A. Points

Around the wider world of golf: Marcel Siem won the Trophée Hassan II on the European Tour; Ariya Jutanugarn won the Lalla Meryem Cup on the LET; and Scott Hend won the Chiangmai Golf Classic on the Asian Tour.

Exclamation Points

"D.A. Points... D.A. Points... where have I heard that name before? Oh yeah. That's the guy Bill Murray carried to a win at the 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am!"

I'm sure even D.A. would get a laugh out of that... and maybe even agree that's how most golf fans remember him. Since that win he's missed nearly half his cuts. Occasionally he's posted a Top10 and then he's gone on a string of forgettable double-digit finishes. And just when you're sure he'll only be remembered as Carl Spackler's sidekick...

Out pops something like this -- a win under difficult conditions (in this case, a drenching rain delay that made mud balls a real possibility), clinched by a clutch par putt on the final hole. Who'd-a thunk it?

"What an incredible Cinderella story! This unknown comes out of nowhere to lead the pack..." OK, Murray's classic Cinderella story monologue puts the winner at Augusta, not Houston, and D.A.'s only unknown to the casual golf fan. But I'd be willing to bet Murray texted him something similar after this win...

And so this week's Limerick Summary salutes the return of the Cinderella story to the winner's circle. 'Nuff said.
“How the time since my first win has flown!”
D.A. said. “My game’s seen Points unknown
Since I won then with Murray.
But you needn’t worry –
I’ve proved I can win on my own!”
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

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