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Monday, June 2, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 Memorial Tournament

Winner: Hideki Matsuyama

Around the wider world of golf: Stacy Lewis (the new Rolex #1) won the ShopRite LPGA Classic; Tom Pernice Jr. won the Principal Charity Classic on the Champions Tour; Thongchai Jaidee won the Nordea Masters on the European Tour; Joel Dahmen won the PC Financial Open on the PGA TOUR Canada; and Teresa Lu won the Resort Trust Ladies on the JLPGA (the Constructivist has the details).



I guess we've all been expecting it for a while now, although we may have expected Ryo Ishikawa to be the young Japanese star to break through.

Instead, it was Hideki Matsuyama who got his first PGA Tour victory. And my, it was a BIG one!

It looked as if Hideki would be an also-ran this week, with Bubba Watson leading and Adam Scott close behind when the final round started. But Muirfield Village has a sense of humor, and it was none other than Kevin Na who blasted through the lead pack with an 8-under 64 two hours before the leaders would finish.

And then the leaders began to stumble. Bubba's shots began curving in unexpected ways, as did Adam's. And Hideki went on a wild ride of his own; his final 6 holes went birdie, bogey, birdie, double, bogey, birdie. But that final birdie was his fourth birdie on 18 this week, and it was enough to send him into a playoff with Kevin... and then Kevin's tee shot curved into a water hazard. Hideki's par on 18 during the playoff was enough to get it done.

Although Kevin lost the playoff, he got a great consolation prize -- he doesn't have to play the US Open Qualifier he expected this week, as his runner-up finish got the job done.

In the meantime, Japan becomes the "Land of the Rising SON" as Hideki gets the trophy, the handshake, and Japan's first Limerick Summary all in one fell swoop. Omedetou gozaimasu, Matsuyama-san!
The back nine shook everyone’s nerves
And their shots started making HUGE curves.
But Hideki’s last stroke
Was a straightforward poke
For the vict’ry he clearly deserves.
The photo comes from the tournament wrap-up page at PGATOUR.com.

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