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Monday, January 20, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 Humana Challenge

Winner: Patrick Reed

Around the wider world of golf: Dani Holmqvist won the Mount Broughton Classic on the ALPG; Prayad Marksaeng won the King’s Cup Golf Hua Hin on the Asian Tour; Bernhard Langer won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship on the Champions Tour; Pablo Larrazabal won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on the ET; and Nontaya Srisawang won the Royal Open on the TLPGA. And for you football fans out there, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will play in the Super Bowl on February 2.

Patrick Reed knows he did it!

Well, it wasn't as easy as Patrick Reed had hoped... but it was still satisfying, as you can see from the photo.

After his third round of 63 (on 3 separate courses, no less), Patrick had told the media that he planned to attack the final round in the same way -- as if he was playing yet another Monday qualifier and everybody was trying to go low. However, after Sunday's round he said he had changed his mind before the round and decided to play a bit safer.

In retrospect, that was probably a bad move. By the time he reached the 15th, he was still even on the day while his pursuers were... well, pursuing. Every birdie was offset with a bogey -- after making only 2 bogeys in the first 3 rounds, he made 4 in the final round. His 7-stroke lead had dwindled to a mere 2 strokes and the sharks smelled blood. In fact, Zach Johnson shot the 62 Patrick had been trying to shoot all week!

But a birdie on the 15th returned him to a 3-stroke lead and, as he said afterward, he was kind of on cruise control after that.

Patrick's win made him only the third "under-23" player to have multiple wins, with Rory McIlroy (6) and Harris English (2) being the only others. That's heady company to be in... and perhaps he can thank his brother-in-law, his new caddie while his wife Justine takes time off the bag to have their first child, for that little piece of history. And Patrick now cracks the OWGR Top50, which qualifies him for the Accenture Match Play.

So this week's Limerick Summary goes out to the newest multiple winner on the PGA Tour. But a bit of advice, dude: Maybe you should go ahead and risk being a bit over-aggressive. It might be easier on the nerves!
Sixty-three, sixty-three, sixty-three
Is the fast track to taking the lead!
Though his last round was bumpy
And Patrick seemed jumpy,
It was too large a lead to concede.
The photo came from the front page at PGATOUR.com.

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