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Monday, December 1, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 Emirates Australian Open

Winner: Jordan Spieth

Around the wider world of golf: Not a whole lot going on this week. Thaworn Wiratchant won the King’s Cup on the Asian Tour, and Sakura Yokomine won the ElleAir Ladies Open on the JLPGA (the Constructivist has details).

Jordan Spieth with Australian Open trophy

On occasion I make a prediction and get it right. For example, back in January 2011 I said Luke Donald was in position to have a breakout year and predicted at least one big win -- roughly two months before Donald won the 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play and went on to win the money title, PGA Tour Player of the Year, and become #1 on the OWGR.

Then there was the June 2011 post where I said that a new kid named Victor Dubuisson bore watching, that "once he acclimates a bit more to Tour life, he could become an outstanding player." A couple of years later he won the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open... and he was off to the races.

But predicting a winner at a specific event isn't one of my strong suits. In fact, I've remarked more than once about the Ruthless Golf Curse affecting my picks. (You may even remember this post apologizing to Jiyai Shin and Corey Pavin for jinxing them.) So you'll understand that this victory by Jordan Spieth is particularly satisfying for me!

When I picked him before last week's event to get his first international win, I had no idea he would put on such a show -- such a show, in fact, that even ESPN gave him some air time. He led at -4 after round one, sat 2 strokes back at -3 after round two, was tied for the lead again at -5 after round three...

And then he obliterated the field with a bogey-free 8-under 63 in the final round, posting a total of -13 to win by 6 full shots. To make it even better, he did it on a tricky sandbelt course in swirling winds.

Other players made a number of birdies, but none could escape the inevitable bogeys. Jordan chipped and putted as if he were born to Australian golf. Grabbing a big international victory like this could be just the thing Jordan needs to get 2015 off to a fast start. (If you're interested in what was in Jordan's bag -- including the new driver and ball combo -- you can get that info in this golfdigest.com article.)

Jordan entered the week as one of the event's "Big Three" alongside Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott. By the end of the week, he stood alone amid the roaring crowd at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney. It's only fitting that he alone should receive this week's Limerick Summary:
The ground shook as crowds cheered in wonder—
An echo of Spieth’s rolling thunder!
His putter got hot
While the others’ did not,
Which pushed him up over Down Under.
The photo came from this ESPN article.

2 comments:

  1. Oops: The Constructivist has been AWOL from both his blog and the Seoul Sisters message board since western New York got clocked with that ginormous lake effect storm. The final event of the JLPGA season, the Ricoh Cup, was won this past weekend by Teresa Lu; Bangkok Bobby has the details in his blog:

    https://bangkokbobbysports.wordpress.com/2014/11/30/teresa-lu-wins-2nd-jlpga-major-of-the-year-at-2014-jlpga-tour-championship-ricoh-cup/


    Kevin

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    1. Thanks for the update, IceCat. I should have paid more attention to the date on the post!

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