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Monday, August 5, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Championship

Winner: Tiger Woods

Around the wider world of golf: In a marathon 36-hole Sunday in high winds, Stacy Lewis grabbed her second LPGA major at the RICOH Women's British Open, bringing an end to Inbee Park's multi-major run; Tom Pernice Jr. picked off the 3M Championship on the Champions Tour; Ben Martin won the Mylan Classic on the Web.com Tour; Gary Woodland grabbed his second PGA Tour win at the Tour's alternate event, the Reno-Tahoe Open; and the Solheim Team captains announced their teams. I'll have a look at them later this week.

He's THE MAN at Firestone!

Ho hum. A 59 watch and a course record tying 61 on Friday. Another blistering victory at Firestone CC and the WGC-Bridgestone on Sunday. A fifth quality win on the season.

And more questions about whether he'll get major #15 next week at Oak Hill.

I continue to believe in Tiger Woods. I continue to believe that he'll beat Jack's major total. And I continue to see my belief reaffirmed every time he tees it up.

Just as he's done this year in tournaments that pretty much duplicated the major fields even though they weren't majors, he's been getting more and more consistent. Admit it -- he'll get over the major hump soon enough. It's only a matter of time.

Everybody struggles with something. The ladies had to deal with 36 holes in 30mph winds Sunday, and Stacy Lewis proved she had the goods... again. It's not like Stacy has played badly this year; she's just had an occasional round that prevented the big wins. She's been working at it, and this week it all came together.

The guys at the Reno-Tahoe Open had to deal with the wild way that gravity and aerodynamics affect ball flight at altitude. Gary Woodland hasn't played that badly this year; he's made something like 13 straight cuts. It's just been one bad round each week that prevented the wins. But he's been working at it, and this week it all came together.

I think you see where I'm going with this. Tiger's been having trouble on the weekends at majors. He's been working at it. It's just a matter of time before it all comes together.

The way it did this week. The way it's done in 8 of the last 15 WGC-Bridgestones.

So this week's Limerick Summary salutes one of the best cornering sports machines on the road. And on the outside chance that you don't get the joke, take a look at the Uniroyal car tire commercial from the 1960s that follows the Summary:
In Scotland the wind provides awful draws;
In Reno the balls screw with natural laws…
But Akron’s unique.
There, the Firestone mystique
Has been run down by high-powered Tiger Paws.


The photo came from the WGC-Bridgestone page at worldgolfchampionships.com.

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