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Monday, March 3, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 Honda Classic

Winner: Russell Henley

Around the wider world of golf: Rashid Khan won the SAIL-SBI Open on the Asian Tour and Dimitrios Papadatos won the NZ Open on the Australasian Tour. But mainly it was a week for ending win droughts! Ross Fisher won the Tshwane Open on the ET, his first win since the 2010 Irish Open; and Paula Creamer won the HSBC Women's Open on the LPGA, her first win since the 2010 US Women's Open.

Henley with caddie after win

Everybody expected to see a PGA Tour win drought ended this week. It's just that we all thought it would be Rory's. Instead, Russell Henley won for the first time since the 2013 Sony Open, his first rookie appearance on the big tour.

Granted, that's not a drought that matches either ET victor Ross Fisher or LPGA victor Paula Creamer; both of them were well over 3.5 years in duration. But 15 months can be a long time -- just ask Californians about the drought they've been having. Any dry spell can become a cause for worry.

But if it wasn't as long as Fisher's or Creamer's, its ending certainly carried some of the drama of the big guns. I expected Rory to shoot -3 in the final round; instead he shot +4 and missed an eagle putt for the outright win. Likewise, Russell Knox shot +1 and Ryan Palmer shot -1 after he blew a chance at birdie for the outright win. Henley's +2 round was good enough to send all 4 to a playoff, a playoff we feared might be cut short by darkness. After all, it seemed like nobody really wanted the victory.

But if all Henley could muster in regulation was par, he more than made up for it in overtime. The only player to hit the green on the par-5 18th in two, he was also the only guy who could come up with a birdie for the win. The irony is that even he couldn't believe it; he said it was going to take a while for the win to sink in, and he truly appeared to be in shock during his post-round interviews.

Henley now enters the rarified ranks of sub-30-year-olds with more than one win on the big tour. He jumps from 110 to 46 in the OWGR, getting him into the WGC this week, and from 142 to 16 in the FedExCup rankings. But, most importantly, he gets this week's Limerick Summary!
When McIlroy, Palmer, and Knox
Ended up hitting too many shots
Into fescue and sand,
The playoff seemed bland…
Then Henley hit all the right spots.
The photo came from this page at the PGA Tour's Honda Classic site.

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