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Monday, June 24, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 Travelers Championship

Winner: Ken Duke

Around the wider world of golf: In many ways this was a week for the old guys, as Craig Stadler (age 60) won the Encompass Championship on the Champions Tour and Ernie Els (age 43) won the BMW International Open on the ET. Among younger winners, Inbee Park got her 5th title of the season at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on the LPGA; Pariya Junhasavasdikul won the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters on the Asian Tour; Gwladys Nocera won the Allianz Ladies Slovak Open on the LET; Cydney Clanton won the Four Winds Invitational on the Symetra Tour; and Chesson Hadley won the Rex Hospital Open on the Web.com Tour.

Ken Duke finally grabs a dream

Every now and then, golf reminds us that numbers DO lie sometimes. Age can be misleading. Age can actually teach you a lot of things.

Like patience.

Ken Duke, age 44, turned pro way back in 1994. Like Stacy Lewis on the LPGA, he's fought his own battle with scoliosis (the back disease) although he had it as an adult. He's won a couple of times on the Web.com Tour -- long before it became the Web.com Tour. And he needed 187 starts (plus a playoff) to get his first PGA Tour win.

But Sunday he got it... and he beat the young guys to do it. Age is just a number, after all.

Ken's final round at the Travelers was full of numbers. Like 11, which is par on the treacherous final three holes at TPC River Highlands. Or 3, the number of times he had to play the 18th in order to beat the incredible efforts of Chris Stroud. Or 2, the number of feet from the hole where he stuck his sand wedge to win the playoff. Or 86...

That's the age of Ken's teacher, the legendary Bob Toski. Toski won this very tournament around 60 years ago, and Sunday morning he called Duke to tell him it was time his student won it too.

So Ken did. Age also teaches you the importance of following your teacher's advice.

Therefore today's Limerick Summary salutes the man who learned one more thing from the numbers -- appreciation for finally achieving a lifelong dream:
In two-thousand-thirteen, at forty-four,
Ken Duke’s not a wannabe anymore.
There’ll be no more waiting;
His second on eighteen
The third time down gave him the winning score.
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

2 comments:

  1. Ken Duke has a swing that's well suited for weekend golfers to copy

    http://vimeo.com/59543316

    Happy Golfing

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  2. And Ken hits it deceptively long for someone with such a short backswing. According to his stats, he averages almost 276 yards off the tee.

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