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Monday, May 26, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational

Winner: Adam Scott

Around the wider world of golf: WOW! What an awesome weekend of golf! Rory McIlroy came from 7 strokes back -- his best rally ever -- to win the BMW PGA Championship on the ET; Colin Montgomerie held off a charging Tom Watson to get his first ever US win -- and his first major -- at the Senior PGA Championship on the Champions Tour; Jessica Korda got her 2nd win of the season at the tightly-contested Airbus LPGA Classic (the Constructivist has more details); Koumei Oda won the Kansai Open Golf Championship on the Asian Tour; Kylie Walker won the Deloitte Ladies Open on the LET; Mallory Blackwelder won the 2014 Symetra Classic on the Symetra Tour; Byron Smith won the Web.com Tour's Rex Hospital Open; Julian Etulain won the Lexus Panama Classic on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; and Sun-Ju Ahn won the JLPGA's Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open (the Constructivist also has details on this one).

And, in case you missed it, Duke University won their 6th NCAA Women's Golf title while the University of Southern California's Doris Chen won the individual title. Way to go, gals!

Adam Scott

Well, pardners, I guess we should have expected it after such a wild weekend of golf. First Rory McIlroy's rally from a 7-stroke deficit to beat Thomas Bjorn at Wentworth got everybody excited. Then Colin Montgomerie won what is probably the most prestigious major on the Champions Tour as Tom Watson pressured him down the stretch. There were as many as 6 players tied for the lead at the LPGA event -- and they were shooting 67s and 66s -- until Jessica Korda put it away with a 65.

So why shouldn't the Crowne Plaza come down to a playoff between 2 major champions, one of whom had just become the World #1? And a quality playoff at that -- no balls in the water or missed tap-ins this week!

After Adam Scott barely made the cut and charged up the leaderboard to deprive Henrik Stenson (playing over at Wentworth) any hope of taking the World #1 spot himself, he and Jason Dufner put on a three-hole playoff that could have been an exhibition. If you're interested, there's a stroke-by-stroke summary of the playoff at the Tour Report link at the end of this post. But here's the quick summary:

After pars on the first playoff hole (18), Adam put his tee shot to the par-3 17th just a bit long while Dufner stuffed it in close, then Adam drained the long putt for birdie and Duff topped him. And on the third hole (18 again) the roles were reversed with Dufner leaving a long birdie putt (that he nearly made) while Adam stuffed it close to take the one title in Texas that he hadn't won.

That's right, Adam Scott is the only golfer to ever corral all four so-called "Texas Slam" events:
  • The Valero Texas Open
  • The Shell Houston Open
  • The HP Byron Nelson Championship
  • The Crowne Plaza Invitational
And in the process he proved he's #1 with a bullet. Going into Memorial next week and the US Open a couple of weeks after that, he's clearly going to be the favorite. Look out, you mangy cowpokes -- there's a new sheriff in town!

So now that Adam done "cowboyed up" and rounded up all four of these little Texas titles, I reckon I'll salute him with a gen-u-wine Limerick Summary. Yee-haw, pardner!
In his first week as World Number One,
Adam found his game under the gun.
But he’s now the first man
With the Texas Grand Slam
‘Cause it spurred him to get the job done.
The photo came from the tournament's Tour Report page at PGATOUR.com.

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