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Monday, June 17, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 U.S. Open

Winner: Justin Rose

Around the wider world of golf: Prayad Marksaeng won the Queen's Cup on the Asian Tour; Simon Thornton won the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open on the ET; Sue Kim won the Decatur-Forsyth Classic on the Symetra Tour; Scott Parel won the Air Capital Classic on the Web.com Tour; Dean Burmester won the Polokwane Classic on the Sunshine Tour; and Rikako Morita won the Suntory Ladies on the JLPGA. (The Constructivist has those details.)

a victorious Justin Rose

Alas, it was not to be for Phil Mickelson. Not even on his birthday. For the 6th time -- a record it's clear he'd rather not own -- Phil the Thrill was a bridesmaid once again.

Perhaps the greatest irony of this whole U.S. Open -- an irony repeatedly mentioned by Phil in his after-round interviews and by the other players all week -- was that nobody really expected little Merion to beat them up so badly.

Not even after she'd beaten them up for three solid days. Despite rumors that she might even be "gettable" on Sunday, she steadfastly refused to give up any round lower than a 3-under 67... and she refused to give those up to anybody capable of winning.

All Justin Rose did was post the only even par round of the day. Yes, you read that correctly -- there were 6 rounds in the 60s and a single round of par. Everybody else fell victim to the short little course that was supposed to give up rounds in the low 60s and a winner in double digits. Justin Rose held it together even though the course got waterlogged, even though the wind blew around 20mph, even though the course finished up hard and firm. Merion demonstrated that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover... or a true championship course by its yardage.

I know some of you will wonder why Justin leaped up to #2 on my RGWR with this win when Adam Scott didn't after he won the Masters. The reason is simple: Not only did Justin do a number on all the other players listed (Tiger was T4 at the Masters while he barely eked out a T32 this week, for instance), but Justin has as many points for just Top5s as Adam has when his Masters is included! Justin hadn't had a win since March 2012 though.

Well, that's not a problem anymore. The only question that remains is whether Justin will be able to escape the "major slump" most first-time winners have. Will he use this as a jumping-off point to win multiple tournaments this year? Stay tuned...

At any rate, this week's Limerick Summary salutes the newest sports hero in Philadelphia. I wonder if he'll run up those famous steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art before he leaves?
No Rocky performance for Phil, it seems;
An Open win’s still just the stuff of dreams.
But Justin’s par round
On a Merion drowned,
Blown, and dried proves he’s ready for golf’s extremes!
The photo came from the tournament page at majorschampionships.com.

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