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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 RBC Canadian Open

Winner: Tim Clark

Around the wider world of golf: Team Spain won the inaugural International Crown on the LGPA (the Constructivist has blow-by-blow details and a summary); Bernhard Langer crushed the field by 13 strokes (13 STROKES, PEOPLE!) at the Senior Open Championship on the Champions Tour; Julie Greciet won the Sberbank Golf Masters on the LET; Sadena Parks got her first Symetra Tour win at the SEFCU Championship; David Horsey won the M2M Russian Open on the ET; Zach Sucher won the Midwest Classic on the Web.com Tour; and Bo-Mee Lee won the Century 21 Ladies on the JLPGA (the Constructivist has details on this one, too).

Tim Clark with Canadian Open trophy

In many ways Jim Furyk and Tim Clark are opposites. For example, Jim is 6'2" tall while Tim is only 5'7". Both have slightly unusual swings -- Jim because of that unusual looping motion, Tim because of physical limitations in his forearms.

And yet both Jim Furyk and Tim Clark are very similar as well. Both have had rough patches over the last 3 or 4 years -- Jim with close calls and Tim with injuries. Both have played well (and won) in Canada in the past. And both are playing well now... but only one could win.

It was going to be tough either way, since both were likeable guys struggling to get their first win in a while.

The good news is that neither played badly, although Jim probably isn't happy with that 1-under round he shot. (He's pretty much locked up a Ryder Cup berth though, so he'll be happy about that.) But Tim somehow found a hot putter and rode it all the way to the winner's circle, shooting a 5-under round that centered around a 30 on his back 9.

That's some big shooting from a short knocker! (Tim only averages around 270 yards off the tee.) I guess length is a little overrated...

But what isn't overrated is the whole experience of winning. After all, if you don't win, how can you even hope to receive the coveted Limerick Summary?
In Quebec, the golf season’s too short.
And some say Tim’s too short. His retort
Is “I played the back nine
In just 30. This time
It’s MY trophy, I’m proud to report!”
The photo came from this page at PGATOUR.com.

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