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Monday, May 13, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 THE PLAYERS

Winner: Tiger Woods

Around the wider world of golf: For obvious reasons, the men focused on THE PLAYERS... but the women were busy. In the only other men's event I know of, Ryu Hyun-woo won the Maekyung Open Championship on the OneAsia Tour. Among the women, Yumika Adachi won the Yumeya Dream Cup on the LAGT; Lee-Anne Pace won the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open on the LET; and Laura Kueny won the Symetra Classic on the Symetra Tour.

Tiger gets PLAYERS number two

Uh... perhaps it's time to forget that whole "is Tiger back?" debate.

I'll grant you that he hasn't won major #15 yet. But I've said before -- I can't remember what post it was in -- that I thought we hadn't seen the best of Tiger yet, that I thought he was going to have a stretch of play that was even better than the stretch in 2000-2001. This week he made me look like a psychic. (Not psycho. Please don't confuse the two.) Heck, even critics like Brandel Chamblee seemed impressed.

TPC Sawgrass has run roughshod over Tiger in the past, but not this week. He beat the heck out of the par5s, going -12 on them. He was under par on the par4s and par3s as well, something he never does there. His 36-hole total was 6 shots better than ever before.

He showed up with the ability to draw or fade the ball at will, as opposed to just having a fade. I think that's what blew Chamblee away the most. The GC crew as a whole wondered what Tiger had been working on to make such a big leap forward since the Masters. His short game looked crisp and his missed putts were left almost dead to the hole.

This was his 4th win in 7 starts, the fastest he's ever gotten that many wins in a season. (His previous best was 4 in 10 starts, during his 9-win season back in 2000. I wonder what might happen this year?) In fact, he's got 7 wins in his last 22 starts. And what did he say when he was asked what had happened to him? He just smiled and said, "I'm getting better."

Is the field getting a bit nervous yet? To paraphrase Yoda, they should be. They should be.

So this week's Limerick Summary salutes that washed-up guy who used to be such a good player. I wonder whatever happened to him?
It’s getting ridiculous. Did you know
He’s won four out of seven, with months to go?
Skeptics, thinking him done,
Have been totally stunned
By this version we call Tiger two-point-oh!
The photo came from the tournament page at PGATOUR.com.

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