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Monday, September 9, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 Chiquita Classic

Winner: Andrew Svoboda

Around the wider world of golf: The US team beat the GB&I team in the Walker Cup; Thomas Bjorn won the Omega European Masters on the ET; Rebecca Artis shot 8-under in the final round of the LET's Helsingborg Open to clip Caroline Hedwall by a single shot (good going, girl!); Esteban Toledo won his second Champions Tour event of the season at the Montreal Championship; Yumiko Yoshida won the JLPGA's Golf5 Ladies and Sae Young Kim won the KLPGA's Hanwha Classic. (The Constructivist has details on both... as well as a little trash talk about the Ruthless Golf Jinx! ;-)

Andrew Svoboda with 2nd trophy of season

Since the PGA Tour isn't playing this week, I'm getting a real kick out of covering the Tour event for two reasons. Not only did it take place in North Carolina (where I live) but the winner is coached by Carl Rabito, the pro who taught me the basics of the game 20-some years ago.

I'll recommend you to read the official wrap-up of the event at the Chiquita Classic's page -- it's not real long -- but I'd like to point out a few things, some of which aren't mentioned in the article.

Andrew has played for ten straight weeks. He made the PGA Tour last year, didn't do well, and now has become the first player to graduate from the Tour two years in a row. (He hadn't played well on the Tour this season either.) It's got to be a little jarring to go from probably losing your PGA Tour card and having very little status on the Tour to full status on the and a tour card with the big boys in a single week -- which is what Andrew did when he won the Price Cutter Charity Championship in August. He missed the cut in's Tour Championship and got the very last PGA Tour card. Then he missed the cut last week in the first playoff event.

Now he's tied for first place in the playoffs, with a decent chance at the full status PGA Tour card and an invite to THE PLAYERS next season.

When asked what was the most important thing he'd take from this season on the PGA Tour, Andrew said it was familiarity with the courses. It certainly appears to me that all he really needed was some confidence in his game.

I guess he's got that now. So this week's Limerick Summary salutes my instructor's newest prize pupil... who's on his way back to the Big Tour, btw:
Two wins in four weeks—who’da thunk it?
When most people thought that his junket
On Tour would be past tense,
Svoboda’s resilience
Meant he’d meet this test and not flunk it!
The photo came from the Chiquita Championship page at the Tour site.

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