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Monday, November 4, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 WGC-HSBC Champions

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Around the wider world of golf: Kenny Perry won the Charles Schwab Cup but Freddie Couples won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on the Champions Tour (his first victory this year); Gwladys Nocera won the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open on the LET; Bo-Mee Lee won the Hisako Higuchi Morinaga Weider Ladies on the JLPGA (the Constructivist has details); and the US Team won the Spirit International, the big amateur event that got shortened to 54 holes because of weather. The US won the men's division while France won the women's. You can get full details about all the winners (including the individual titles) from this supersport.com article.

Dustin's 8th trophy

The big boys all showed up for the duel in Shanghai. And I mean they showed up! The final round turned into a shootout between Dustin Johnson, Ian Poulter (the defending champion), and Graeme McDowell. Sergio shot a 63 to grab solo 4th, Justin Rose took solo 5th, and even Rory McIlroy managed a solid week to finish T6. But it was DJ, Ian, and Graeme -- all playing in the final group -- who really put some fire into the WGC.

Each of the three players shot 66. No one could shake the other two until DJ shot a 31 on the closing 9. I guess you could call it an impressive debut for the new season. (Say, isn't that what DJ did last season -- win his first start?)

Of course, the commentary concerned Dustin's somewhat uneven career: What will the man who can overpower courses at will do next? Will he go on a tear, winning every time he tees it up? Or will he vanish for a while, as he has in the past? Will he finally get a major or crumble in the final round? Will he even stay healthy enough to get to the majors? The questions are never-ending, it seems.

And DJ doesn't really seem to care what people say. (Hey, if I was engaged to Paulina Gretzky, I don't think I'd care either. But I digress...)

For the time being, I think I'll join him in his disinterest about those questions. Instead, I'm just going to congratulate Dustin on being the under-30 player with the most wins. (The European Tour site's summary of the event says Dustin is 38 years old. I wonder if Paulina knows?) DJ, here's your very own personal Limerick Summary:
A win each year since college; Dustin’s run
Includes this Shanghai win, his biggest one.
Some say a major’s next
While others are perplexed—
Is Tiger’s reign a fair comparison?
The photo came from the WGC-HSBC page at worldgolfchampionships.com.

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