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Monday, June 9, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic

Winner: Ben Crane

Around the wider world of golf: Yet another busy week in golf! Inbee Park got her first LPGA win of the season at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic (Stacy Lewis is still #1 in the world); the team of Fred Funk and Jeff Sluman won the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf on the Champions Tour (Jim Colbert and Jim Thorpe won the Legends division); Steven Alker won an 11-hole playoff at the Web.com Tour's Cleveland Open; Josh Persons won the Bayview Place Island Savings Open on the PGA TOUR Canada; David McKenzie won the Lanhai Open on the PGA TOUR China; Mikael Lundberg won the Lyoness Open on the ET; Thaworn Wiratchant won the Queen’s Cup on the Asian Tour; Ryan Fox won the Tahiti International on the Australasian Tour; Min Seo Kwak won the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship on the Symetra Tour; Misuzu Narita won the Yonex Ladies on the JLPGA (the Constructivist has details); and the American gals won the Curtis Cup 13-7.

Ben Crane cheered by crowd

The SnakeShaker hasn't been shaking it lately like he used to. First it was hip problems, and those led to serious back problems. Then he made swing changes that allowed him to keep playing... but the game just didn't seem to be there. It all forced him to consider hanging up his golf career last year. As he told Sean Martin at PGATOUR.com:
“This has been a really tough year,” he said. “I had to finally become OK with golf not being in the picture. I just felt like things were going in that direction and so I just got to the place where I said, ‘Lord, if it’s not golf, I will love You.’ But if it is, that would be really fun.”
Apparently God heard his prayer... and decided to remind Ben that He has a sense of humor as well.

And so, out of nowhere, Ben won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in wire-to-wire fashion. After needing on-course treatment during his best finish earlier in the year, he won a tournament plagued by stop-and-start weather delays -- just the kind of thing you'd expect to wreak havoc on his back. And on top of it all, his putter -- usually the strongest club in his bag -- deserted him during his final round and he shot a birdie-free 3-over round.

It was enough.

Of course, lifting heavy trophies is rough on the back too. I'm guessing he'll let his caddy take care of that.

If you'd like a play-by-play of the Golf Boy's week -- as well as the skinny on some of the other contenders -- you can check out the wrap-up at PGATOUR.com. But if you want the really important stuff -- Ben's new Limerick Summary -- you can only find that here:
After dodging a great deal of rain,
FedEx brought a fifth win to Ben Crane.
Though Ben’s back didn’t hurt, he
Could not make a birdie…
And the field’s hopes STILL went down the drain!
The photo came from the tournament's "upshot" page at PGATOUR.com.

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