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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship

Winner: Henrik Stenson

Around the wider world of golf: Rocco Mediate chatted his way to a runaway victory at the Shaw Charity Classic on the Champions Tour; Trevor Immelman pretty much locked up his Tour card by winning the Hotel Fitness Championship, the first event of the new Web.com Tour Playoffs; Gregory Bourdy won the ISPS Handa Wales Open on the ET; Suzann Pettersen got her second win of the year at the LPGA's Safeway Classic; Catriona Matthew won the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open on the LET; and Sun-Ju Ahn won the Nitori Ladies on the JLPGA. (The Constructivist has details.)

Swede victory

It was only a matter of time, wasn't it? After so many Top5s in the last few months, after having so many titles grabbed from him by just a stroke or two, I guess you can call this one Swede Revenge.

He's been knocked from the highest levels of the game twice, once by driver yips and most recently by a combination of poor play and economic disaster. (Some of the rumors say he lost as much as $5million. Yeah, I think that would mess up anybody's game.)

But Henrik Stenson never seems to lose his resolve or his sense of humor. He worked and smiled his way right through it all... and it's all paid off. It's hard not to root for Stenson -- after all, doesn't everybody love a guy who takes it on the chin and just won't go down? I suspect this win is going to be very popular on the Tour.

Except perhaps with the players hoping to win the FedExCup. Henrik is now #1 with only one tournament left before the reset. Unless somebody does something really big at the BMW or Stenson plays really bad (good luck with that second one, boys!), the big Swede will "control his own destiny" at the Tour Championship.

How high will he be in the OWGR today? He was #10 last week. I'm not sure how high he'll jump, though I'll be surprised if he isn't at least #6, maybe #5...

But that will probably only be a brief stop on his journey up!

So today's Limerick Summary salutes the man dubbed by some as the Stensonator. Beware, would-be FedExCup winners... HE'LL BE BACK!
Henrik pounded his drives down the middle;
He didn’t balk, even a little.
He’s done with the bottom;
You want guts? He’s got ‘em!
They’ve made his game fit as a fiddle.
The photo came from the Deutsche Bank tournament page at PGATOUR.com.

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