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Monday, February 24, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Winner: Jason Day

Around the wider world of golf: Amateur Minjee Lee won the Oates Women's Victorian Open on the ALPG; David Vanegas won the 67 Arturo Calle Colombian Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Anna Nordqvist won the Honda LPGA Thailand on the LPGA; and Alena Sharp won the Visit Mesa Gateway Classic on the Symetra Tour (the Constructivist has more details).

Jason Day victorious

I told you to remember his name. Will you take me more seriously now? ;-)

As it stands, the names of both Victor Dubuisson and Jason Day will be remembered for a loooong time. Not only was Sunday's championship match the most memorable in the WGC-Accenture's history, it was the most memorable round in ANY tournament of the last few years. After the match finished, I checked Twitter. Guess what topics were trending?
  • #WGCMatchPlay
  • Jason Day
  • Victor Dubuisson
While I'm sure a lot of it centered on Victor's astonishing scrambles to keep the round going for 23 holes -- my gosh, even Tom Watson tweeted about how awesome Victor's play was! -- the fact is that both men played some of the best golf we've seen.

Jason Day is expected to leap up to #4 in the OWGR and Victor to #23. Jason also leaps up into my RGWR since this gives him two wins -- the individual World Cup win in Australia plus this WGC -- in just the last three months or so.

In addition, we also saw some great play -- especially putting -- from Rickie Fowler (3rd) and Ernie Els (4th). That bodes well for both men as we head toward the Masters.

And as if that wasn't enough, Victor's runner-up finish earned him enough money to get conditional status on the PGA Tour and unlimited sponsor invites. We're finally going to get to see him play more in the USA!

This is exactly the kind of breakthrough we've been waiting for Jason Day to make. As Jason noted, it was like playing on Sunday every day for a week. Sounds like good preparation for a major to me... and like a perfect theme for the victor's Limerick Summary:
It was long but no one was yawning!
The heroics Dove Mountain kept spawning
Had the Twitterverse trending
'Bout Jason’s big ending.
Could it be that a new Day is dawning?
The photo is from the wrap-up page at worldgolfchampionships.com.

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