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Monday, February 10, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Winner: Jimmy Walker

Around the wider world of golf: Cheyenne Woods broke through with her first LET victory at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters; Michael Allen won the Allianz Championship in a playoff on the Champions Tour; and George Coetzee got his first ET win at the Joberg Open (and a spot in the Open Championship as well!).

Jimmy Walker sinks the winning putt

There's an old saying (which was also made into a hit song by Meat Loaf) that "two out of three ain't bad." I'm pretty sure three out of eight is much better!

As you probably heard over and over during the broadcasts, Jimmy Walker has now entered some elite company -- players to win 3 or more tournaments in their first 8 starts of a season. He joins players like Tiger Woods, David Duval, and Phil Mickelson as the only players to do so in the last 20 years.

I think Jimmy proved that it's not so hard to sleep on a large lead. Rather, it's just hard to play the last 9 holes with it! Jimmy's 6-shot lead slowly shrank, stroke by stroke, until he needed a par on 18 to win outright. Nerves slowly affected his short game and putting until he was just holding on. BUT...

He DID hold on. That's what counts.

And that's not all. He also increased his lead in the FedExCup points race and he probably locked up a spot on the US Ryder Cup Team later this year. He jumped 11 spots to #24 in the OWGR, so he has absolutely NO worries about not qualifying for any of the big tournaments this year. And he probably got himself in the early running for Player of the Year.

Those are the things I can think of so far. I'm sure more will pop up as the year progresses -- maybe even next week when he tees it up at the Northern Trust Open. That's another event where he's played pretty well in the past...

But in the meantime, Jimmy picked up his third Limerick Summary of the wraparound season. If he intends to keep winning like this, I'll need to do some research so I can come up with new ones for him...
Maybe “two out of three ain’t bad,”
But three out of eight is RAD!
Jim’s high in the FedExCup;
Tom Watson, sign him up!
How much more stuff can he add?
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

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