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Monday, May 25, 2015

The Limerick Summary: 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational

Winner: Chris Kirk

Around the wider world of golf: With what we might call an "An-slaught" of birdies, Byeong Hun An destroyed the field at the BMW PGA Championship on the ET; Colin Montgomery did an equally impressive number on the Champions Tour field as he defended his Senior PGA Championship title; Danny Balin won the Guatemala Stella Artois Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Justin Shin won the United Investment Real Estate Wuhan Open on the PGA TOUR China; Melissa Reid won the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open on the LET; Haruka Morita-WanyaoLu won the Symetra Classic on the Symetra Tour; and Yumiko Yoshida won the Chukyo Television Bridgestone Ladies Open on the JLPGA (bangkokbobby has details).

Chris Kirk

They needed little life jackets for the golf balls at Colonial on Sunday. Tour officials said the course couldn't take any more rain. In fact, it was so wet that they declared "lift, clean and place" not just from the fairways but from the rough as well!

The result was a course without any defense... and a whole bunch of golfers ready to shoot at every single pin. At one point there were 15 players within 2 shots of the lead. But it seems that, even with soft greens, the final 3 holes at Colonial are just as hard to birdie as the legendary Horrible Horseshoe (3,4 & 5).

And in the end, parring those 3 holes wasn't good enough for pursuers Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth or Jason Bohn to make a playoff... but it was good enough for leader Chris Kirk to win outright.

There's really not a whole lot more I can add to Chris Kirk's performance. He's one of those players who isn't flashy, who doesn't stand out from the crowd and isn't a media darling BUT just lets his clubs do the talking. And those clubs talk much louder than anything I could say. I will simply say that he is solid and doesn't flinch when the pressure is on. Because of that strong mental game (and really smooth swing) he now has 4 PGA Tour wins and is one of the winningest players over the last few years.

It's also why he has another Limerick Summary to add to his collection:
Despite all the rain, greens were speedy.
The chasers got just a bit greedy
And tried to do too much.
But Chris Kirk came up clutch
And got his fourth win, yes indeedy.
The photo came from the tournament wrap-up page at

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