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Monday, August 24, 2015

The Limerick Summary: 2015 Wyndham Championship

Winner: Davis Love III

Around the wider world of golf: Lydia Ko won the CP Women's Open on the LPGA for the third time... and this time she got to keep the check; Billy Andrade won the Boeing Classic on the Champions Tour; Patton Kizzire won the News Sentinel Open on the Tour; Sam Ryder won the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops on the MACKENZIE TOUR-PGA TOUR Canada; David Horsey won the Made in Denmark on the ET; Mayu Hattori won the CAT Ladies on the JLPGA (bangkokbobby has details);and Bryson DeChambeau won the US Amateur, becoming only the fifth man to win it and the NCAA individual title in the same year.

Davis Love III holds the Sam Snead Trophy

It's funny how things work out sometimes. We wondered if Tiger Woods would get his 80th win at Greensboro some 50+ years after Sam Snead did the same.

Instead we got a 50+ winner at Greensboro, just like Sam was in his last win there.

And the irony of it all is that Davis Love said Tiger helped him get his putter problems worked out before the event and encouraged him to try and win tournaments instead of just make cuts, that Davis's game was good enough. Whatever problems Tiger may be having with his game -- and yes, we saw noticeable improvements this past week -- it's equally clear that Tiger recognizes when a good player just needs a nudge. (Don't forget that Tiger did the same for Jason Day just a month before he won the PGA.)

Davis Love hasn't had to worry about his Tour card in a while, as he already had the 20 wins necessary for permanent Tour membership. Likewise, he doesn't have to concern himself with the need to prove himself to anybody -- his stature among Tour players guarantees he'll always have the respect of his peers.

But Davis didn't have a Masters invite and he didn't have a pass into the FedExCup Playoffs. Those are probably much more important to him... and he now has both.

In addition, you can add these little tidbits to his already lengthy resumé: He is now the only active player to have won on the PGA Tour in four different decades -- 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s -- he's now the third-oldest Tour winner in PGA Tour history, and he now has three wins at the Wyndham. (Perhaps not as impressive as his five wins at Harbour Town, but impressive nevertheless.)

This year was a banner year for players moving into the FedExCup Playoffs -- five players did so this year, more than any of the past five years:
  • Davis Love III
  • Jason Gore
  • Jonas Blixt
  • Camilo Villegas
  • Ryo Ishikawa
Take good note of that first name, folks. Davis Love has taken Tiger's advice... and there's no telling what he might do, now that he's healthy again. And with that I offer up a brand new Limerick Summary to the oldest Tour winner in quite some time:
At 51, Love has still got it;
He needed 8-under, he shot it!
Tour cards weren’t a concern
Nor respect to be earned…
But that train to the Playoffs? He caught it.
The photo came from the daily wrap-up page at

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