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Monday, February 17, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 Northern Trust Open

Winner: Bubba Watson

Around the wider world of golf: Lots going on this weekend! Karrie Webb got Win #40 at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open on the LPGA/LET/ALPG; Anthony Summers won the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour; Kirk Triplett won the ACE Group Classic on the Champions Tour; Alex Cejka won the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship on the Web.com Tour; and Thomas Aiken won the Africa Open on the ET.

Bubba pumping fist on 18

It was a cute shot captured by the CBS cameras. There was little Caleb Watson standing beside mom Angie at the 18th green, his hands raised and chanting, "Yay, Daddy!"

He was a bit premature -- Bubba was still in the 18th fairway, waiting to hit his second shot -- but it's a measure of how much Bubba's life has changed in the two years since he last won at the 2012 Masters. Here's the little guy, in a photo from the Seattle PI site:

The 'Bubbas' with the trophy

Perhaps Bubba has been out of the winner's circle for a couple of years but he certainly hasn't forgot how to put on a show. A couple of weeks back in Scottsdale, he came close to winning. This week he calmly shot two bogey-free 64s on the weekend to scorch the field. Just think about that -- he was at -1 after two rounds and Sang-Moon Bae led at -9...

But it was Bubba won by two at -15. That's amazing, especially considering how firm the greens played on Sunday.

Does this put Bubba back in the discussion for this year's Masters? Perhaps. We need to see what he does over the next few weeks. But he's certainly going to get more attention now than he was getting last week!

In the meantime, I have a fresh Limerick Summary for the new champ and his son. Well done, Bubba!
For Bubba, the long drought has ended.
His blistering weekend transcended
What most players thought
Could be reasonably shot.
Bubba did what son Caleb intended!
The top photo came from the front page at PGATOUR.com.

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