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Monday, October 21, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Winner: Webb Simpson

Around the wider world of golf: Amy Yang got her first win at the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship; Jin Jeong got his first win at the ET's ISPS HANDA Perth International; Michael Allen got his second win of the year at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic on the Champions Tour; Scott Hend won the Venetian Macau Open on the Asian Tour; Kang Sung-hoon won the Kolon Korea Open on the OneAsia Tour (Rory McIlroy finished T2); and Na-Ri Lee won the Fujitsu Ladies on the JLPGA after the final round was rained out (the Constructivist has details).

Webb gets another one

Fortunately for NFL fans, Webb Simpson had the Shriners Open well-in-hand before Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos faced off with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, Peyton's old team. The Colts won but it wasn't nearly as easy as Webb's win was.

Ironically, Webb's margin of victory was as large as the Colts'! (Well, 6 strokes versus 6 points. Same number, anyway.) It's not a big surprise to most fans; Webb has seemed to struggle since winning the US Open in 2012 but he'd actually had 5 Top5s (which included a runner-up) since January. That's not bad by anybody's measure.

And let's face it -- Webb really didn't seem to be struggling with his confidence. (I'm not so sure you can say that about the rest of the field. They didn't even make Webb sweat for the win.) No, Webb didn't lack confidence; he just hadn't won in a while. Unless you're Tiger or one of the other guys who live in the OWGR Top5, that's not unusual.

At the risk of slighting Webb, I think the real story was the guys chasing him. Runners-up Ryo Ishikawa and Jason Bohn will take away a lot from this tournament -- this week was a major accomplishment for them both.

But that doesn't change Webb's accomplishment. Webb won big in Vegas, so this week's Limerick Summary celebrates the Tour's newest high roller:
In Vegas, most guys are high rolling…
But Simpson was merely out strolling!
Yeah, Webb had the ticket—
His whole game was wicked!
The other guys needed consoling.
The photo came from the Shriners Open tournament page at PGATOUR.com.

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