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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Winner: Zach Johnson

Around the wider world of golf: What wider world of golf? Most of the tours are still on vacation.

Zach gets win #11

On Saturday I did a post about the first round of the Hyundai in which I wrote, "I think either Webb or Jordan will win it this week." Ironically, that line originally read, "I think either Webb, Zach, or Jordan will win it this week." Why did I decide to leave Zach out? Because I thought his play in the first round was a bit erratic.

Shows how much I know, huh? That "erratic" play yielded a -7 second round, a +1 third round, and another -7 in the final round. The more consistent play of Webb Simpson was only good enough for T3, 2 shots back, and Jordan Spieth's consistency got him another runner-up finish a single stroke back.

Granted, given that this was Spieth's first trip to the Plantation Course -- and that he'll still be making "first trips" to Tour events for a few months yet -- that wasn't such a bad thing. And in all likelihood it was the poor first pitch shot at 15 that kept him from forcing a playoff -- not too shabby for his first time! But I guess Zach reminded him that ZJ's a force to be reckoned with.

In fact, you could say that Zach reminded everybody that ZJ's a force to be reckoned with!

There are those who will say this win doesn't mean much, that neither Tiger nor Phil nor Henrik were there. But let's not forget that Zach put a beatdown on the lot of them back in Illinois at the BMW Championship... and then stunned Tiger at the World Challenge just last month. Zach may be posting his recent wins against small fields -- 70 players at the BMW, 18 at the World Challenge, and 30 here -- but they're quality fields. He's beaten at least the #1 or #2 player in each event, as well as a number of Top20 players each time.

Zach's #9 in last week's OWGR. He'll be moving on up this week, I think!

So my first Limerick Summary of 2014 goes to one of the Tour's bulldogs. Chew 'em up, Zach -- there's a lot of events waiting for you this year!
No Tiger, no Henrik, no Phil —
No matter; Zach still lapped the field.
(NOTE: Tiger remembers
Who won in December.
They ALL recall Lake Forest IL.)
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

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