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Monday, October 14, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 Frys.com Open

Winner: Jimmy Walker

Around the wider world of golf: Lexi Thompson breezed to her second LPGA victory at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia (the Constructivist has more details); Sung-hoon Kang likewise cruised to victory at the CJ Invitational Hosted by KJ Choi on the Asian Tour; David Lynn got his first-ever European Tour victory at the Portugal Masters; Russ Cochran won the SAS Championship (in front of his mom, who drove 14 hours to watch him play) on the Champions Tour; and Soo-Yun Kang got her first JLPGA win at the Stanley Ladies. (The Constructivist has details on that one too!)

Jimmy Walker hoists his first PGA trophy

Okay, let me get this straight... it's the 2013 Frys.com Open but it's the first event in the 2014 PGA Tour season... Hmmm, this could get complicated!

But it wasn't complicated for Jimmy Walker. He hit fairways and greens (for the most part) and made putts. It was enough to overtake wunderkind Brooks Koepka (who struggled with the fairways and greens part down the stretch) and resurgent legend Vijay Singh (who struggled with the putting part on Sunday).

Koepka had a four-stroke lead at one point, going into the back nine, but it looked like nerves finally caught up with him. He fell into a tie for third but -- if things work out as they usually do -- the finish gave him roughly a third of the money he'll need to get a Tour card next year, plus a spot in next week's tournament, plus a lot of publicity that will probably result in sponsors exemptions. He'll be fine.

Vijay has to feel good about where his game seems to be heading. While he's going to play some on the Champions Tour (he knocked out a second there last week) he intends to continue his focus on the regular Tour for a while. I think he'll be fine, don't you?

In the meantime, I'm sending out this Limerick Summary to the first-time winner who shares a name with a certain alcoholic beverage. I don't know if he likes whiskey, but I'm guessing that something flowed freely last night:
Don’t get him confused with the whiskey!
Jim’s game isn’t nearly as risky
As gunning the throttle
While chugging a bottle.
(Though the post-game bash might have got frisky.)
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

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