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Monday, November 10, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 WGC-HSBC Champions

Winner: Bubba Watson

Around the wider world of golf: Since most of the men's tours co-sponsored the WGC this past week, there aren't many other tournaments to mention. S.S.P. Chowrasia won the Panasonic Open India on the Asian Tour; Rafael Becker won the Aberto do Brasil on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; and Mi Hyang Lee won the Mizuno Classic on the LPGA/JLPGA (the Constructivist has details). [UPDATE: AHHH! I can't believe I forgot to include Nick Taylor's win at the Sanderson Farms Championship, the alternate PGA Tour event. I even watched some of that!]

Bubba celebrates winning birdie

Bubba Golf is a little bit of everything. Assuming Bubba doesn't psych himself out before he begins the tournament, you can always expect a wild roller coaster ride around the course. And that's because for every mind-blowing shot Bubba hits, there will likely be an equally perplexing shot. For example, in round 2 at the WGC-China Bubba birdied the last 5 holes on his way in. In round 3 he birdied 4 of the 5, parring the other one.

On his way in during the final round, Bubba calmly shot birdie, par, bogey, double-bogey, and eagle to make a playoff when Tim Clark birdied the last. BTW, did I mention that he made that eagle by holing out from a bunker after taking 2 shots to get out of the bunker on 17 (the double-bogey)? Or that he birdied the playoff hole from the bunker?

Yep, a little bit of everything.

Bubba said this win meant a great deal to him because it's his first win outside the US. I agree that this is a big win for him, simply because I look for players to win around the world if they're going to be great players. This gives him a WGC, a Masters, and a win at Riviera this year, and will move him up to #3 in the OWGR. Not bad for a kid from Bagdad FL!

Needless to say, it's a pleasure to present Bubba with this brand-spanking-new Limerick Summary. After all, he'll have to wait till he gets back home to really celebrate...
After Bubba Golf reached the Far East,
He defeated the field from the beach.
But the party must wait
‘Til he’s back in the States,
As there’s no Waffle House within in reach.
The photo came from the tournament wrap-up page at worldgolfchampionships.com.

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