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Monday, June 10, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic

Winner: Harris English

Around the wider world of golf: David Frost captured a senior major, the Regions Tradition on the Champions Tour; Joost Luiten won the Lyoness Open on the ET; Inbee Park won the Wegmans LPGA Championship, giving her the first two majors of the year (WARNING: SLAM ALERT!); Jacques Blaauw won the Vodacom Origins of Golf on the Sunshine Tour; and Junko Omote won the Yonex Ladies on the JLPGA. (The Constructivist has that info.)

Harris English with trophy

The road to your first win at anything is rarely easy. Even with a little experience at winning, taking the next step can be an ordeal. Just ask Shawn Stefani, who had two wins on the Web.com Tour last year and the lead going into the final round of the St. Jude. His 76 (6 over par) left him in a tie for 7th place.

Even with some experience, getting another win can prove equally difficult. Scott Stallings has 2 PGA Tour wins and looked golden for 14 holes. His double-birdie-par-bogey finish rendered him little more than an afterthought.

Phil Mickelson was just trying to get his game on in preparation for Merion next week. Had it not been for a slow first round, he might have won this week.... however, he didn't. Even a 41-time winner can find it hard to pick up #42.

But some days it all comes together. That's how it was for Harris English. He has a Web.com Tour win, and in 2012 he had 3 Top10s on the big tour. He already had that many Top10s this year. He was playing well, and didn't seem to be worrying about the relative slowness of his progress. Commentators noted that he's so patient with himself that he seems to have a 25-year plan.

Sunday he jumped about 23 years ahead. He was up and down most of the day, but he kept coming back until he ended up ahead...

Of everybody!

So this week's Limerick Summary salutes the new guy on Tour with a trophy. Granted, it didn't get him into the Merion field next week, but at least he can look forward to Augusta next year:
After Phil’s chance to win was deterred,
Stallings’ sprint to the top seemed assured.
But a bad shot or two
Tripped him up. He was through
And a first win for English occurred!
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

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