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Monday, November 9, 2015

The Limerick Summary: 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions

Winner: Russell Knox

Around the wider world of golf: Billy Andrade won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship for his third win of the season but Bernhard Langer won the year-long Charles Schwab Cup competition for a record third time; Kent Bulle won the 110 VISA Open de Argentina on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Xiyu Lin successfully defended her title at the Sanya Ladies Open on the LET; Sun-Ju Ahn got her first LPGA victory at the Toto Japan Classic; and the rain-delayed Sanderson Farms Championship won't be finished until later today.

Russell Knox

By the halfway point it seemed pretty clear that this could be a two-man race between Kevin Kisner and Russell Knox. And I have to admit that I was pretty thrilled about that. While the bigger names drew most of the attention, Kevin and Russell have both played well in 2015. Both could realistically break through for their first PGA Tour win at any time. And both would deserve that break if they got it.

And here they were, pushing each other for a WGC title. It was a perfect storm.

Of course, the bigger draws weren't about to let their names be left out of the mix. Everybody from DJ to Spieth to Reed to Grace to McIlroy to Stenson to Garcia made runs at the lead, as well as newer stars like Fitzpatrick and Berger and even local superstar Haotong Li. Ross Fisher continued his comeback and Danny Willett made some noise early on Sunday with a 10-under 62. But in the end it came down to Kisner and Knox, and Knox came out on top.

Knox barely made it into this WGC at all; only a WD by JB Holmes got him a spot as an alternate. But once there, he made his first-ever WGC appearance his first PGA Tour win -- and his first ET win as well, since this was a Race to Dubai playoff event -- something which hasn't happened in nearly 20 years. And this is big for Scottish fans as well; bear in mind that Martin Laird and Russell Knox are the only Scottish players currently on the PGA Tour... and Knox is the first Scot ever to win a WGC. You can bet they were celebrating in Inverness (Knox's home town) last night!

And with this victory Russell gains another new distinction -- he's the only Scot ever to receive a Limerick Summary for winning a WGC:
Russell Knox is surprised—with good reason;
He’s the fourth first-time winner this season.
Though he barely got in
To compete for the win,
Now the Scots will all cheer till they’re wheezin’!
The photo came from the wrap-up page at

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