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Monday, December 8, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 Hero World Challenge

Winner: Jordan Spieth

Around the wider world of golf: Yep, there's still some golf going on around the world. Coincidentally, Gwladys Nocera won the Hero Women’s Indian Open on the LET; Padraig Harrington won the BANK BRI Indonesia Open on the Asian Tour; Lincoln Tighe won the Nanshan NSW PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour; and Danny Willett won the Nedbank Golf Challenge on the ET. Oh, and Cheyenne Woods got her LPGA card at Q-School. Marita Engzelius (winner of the Symetra Tour Championship) didn't but will get another chance on the Symetra Tour. (Tony Jesselli is still updating last-minute results over at his blog.)

Spieth with tiger trophy

Let's get this out of the way first: Tiger did okay in his first tournament back. Despite fever and short game problems (the latter seemed to affect everybody except Jordan), his swing looked free and relaxed for the first time in a long time. He was hitting it fairly long and accurate, and he made quite a few birdies -- which is NOT what happened the last few times after injury. The Masters could be quite interesting in 2015!

Now let's get to the up-and-comer of the year, Jordan Spieth. Try as I might, I couldn't get past the debates on GC and NBC about whether Jordan might be the next dominant American golfer. Of course it's too early to predict something like that, but various analysts (who shall remain nameless) kept harping on his lack of power. Despite his ability to consistently get into contention and post scores -- which is how you win tournaments, anyway -- and his clear grasp of what it takes to be a champion, they just couldn't get past his lack of length.

Here's how I see it: Forget for a moment that only he and Tiger have 3 pro wins at age 21. Forget for a moment that he nearly won at Augusta National, a course unanimously considered a bomber's track. Forget his performances in the Presidents and Ryder Cups. Forget all that.

Just remember this: In the last two weeks Jordan has beaten 8 of the world’s Top10 players on world-class courses… and done so in record-breaking fashion. (And don’t forget his runner-up finish to Bubba in Japan the week before that.)

And remember this: Jordan doesn't seem to care whether the analysts believe in him or not. (He told them as much in an interview earlier in the week.)

I have a little sign on my desk that says, "The world is moving so fast these days that the person who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it." If Jordan continues to focus on his game rather than what the so-called experts say, I suspect he's going to make them all look pretty silly over the next few years.

In the meantime, here's his second Limerick Summary in as many weeks.
Jordan wanted more victories to show
For his efforts… but analysts crowed,
“He lacks power.” “He’s short.”
Jordan’s only retort
Was to beat the best… twice in a row!
The photo was snagged from this video at PGATOUR.com.

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