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Monday, March 10, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship

Winner: Patrick Reed

Around the wider world of golf: Inbee Park blitzed the field at the World Ladies Championship on the LET (no surprise, Korea also won the team portion of the event -- the Constructivist has details); Onnarin Sattayabanphot won the Daikin Orchid Ladies on the JLPGA (the Constructivist has details on this one too); Chesson Hadley won the Puerto Rico Open, the alternate event on the PGA Tour; and Adam Hadwin won the Chile Classic on the Web.com Tour.

Patrick Reed stares down a shot

Patrick Reed stirred up some controversy when he said he was a Top5 player during a couple of interviews. Understand, he didn't say he would be a Top5 player someday; he said he is one. Aaron Olberholser and Johnny Miller -- among others -- said it was okay to think that way but that he shouldn't be saying it. It's going to ruffle some feathers.

By the same token, Pat Reed isn't just blowing smoke. With his win this week at the WGC-Cadillac he moves up to #3 in FedExCup points, #20 in the OWGR, becomes the youngest-ever winner of a WGC, and posts his 3rd win in 7 months. And of course one of those is a WGC against the best in the world (plus he beat Rory Jordan Spieth in a playoff at the Wyndham for his first win). That's why he's jumped up into a 3-way tie for 4th in my RGWR. (So he's in my Top5, anyway.)

And it's clear he's learning as he goes. After the 3rd round at the Humana (remember the three 63s?) he said he was going to play agressively but changed his mind on the way in to the 4th round; that nearly cost him. This time he did play aggressively and although he struggled -- didn't everybody? That fact was lost on the announcers -- he did get the job done. And let's not ignore the fact that, having had the 54-hole lead 3 times, he's won every one of them. Maybe he really IS a Top5 player.

One thing's for sure: If he keeps going at this rate, he very soon will be.

And so a brash young 23-year-old wins the coveted Limerick Summary this week. Did I mention that it's his 3rd Limerick Summary in 7 months? At least if he keeps on talking I'll have something to write about!
His bravado may make some folks cringe
But he’s well on his way with three wins.
Is he really Top Five?
Patrick thinks it’s no jive…
Nor may we, if he stays on this binge!
The photo came from the wrap-up page at worldgolfchampionships.com.

2 comments:

  1. Read beat Jordan Spieth, not Rory, to win the Wyndham. I love your limericks by the way.

    Jeff

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  2. Thanks for the correction, Jeff. Don't know why I mixed that up.

    And I'm glad you like my verse. Limericks are an underappreciated art form! ;-)

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