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Monday, April 8, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 Valero Texas Open

Winner: Martin Laird

Around the wider world of sports: Inbee Park got her second major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship on the LPGA; Wade Ormsby won the Panasonic Open India on the Asian Tour; and Benjamin Alvarado won the Brasil Classic on the Web.com Tour.

Laird with trophy

Well, it looks like Martin Laird's swing changes have finally taken hold... and he's finally taken hold of that old belly putter he used to use so very well.

I'm pretty sure of this because he shot a course record 63 Sunday to turn Rory McIlroy's resurgence into an "also-ran" story. He did the same to Jim Furyk and Billy Horschel.

What else can you say about a guy who was having trouble making cuts but suddenly rips off a bogey-free round with 9 birdies on a tight course that's one of the hardest on Tour?

Just "whew!"

This did screw up Martin's travel plans a bit. Now he's got to scramble to find a place to stay down near Augusta National. (Excuse me if I don't cry too loudly.) He should certainly get some attention coming into the Tour's first major of the year... but I suspect right now he's quite happy just to be back in the winner's circle.

So this week's Limerick Summary salutes the latest shooting star on Tour as he shoots on down to the Masters:
TPC San Antonio caters
To those with control, so it favors
A bomber like Laird…
Who I’m sure is prepared
For the howls of those anchored stroke haters!
The photo came from the home page for the Valero Texas Open at PGATOUR.com.

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