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Monday, February 29, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 Honda Classic

Winner: Adam Scott

Around the wider world of golf: Lexi Thompson became the first American to win the Honda LPGA Thailand; Jiyai Shin won the RACV Ladies Masters on the LET; Louis Oosthuizen won the ISPS HANDA Perth International on the ET; and Justin Hueber won the 69 Avianca Colombia Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

Adam Scott with Honda trophy

The Champion's Course at PGA National once hosted the PGA Championship, back in 1987. For some reason it continues to believe it's hosting a major.

For the first couple of days it allowed players to believe they could score on it. Over the weekend it ate the players' lunches. And their dinners. And probably finished off their breakfasts this morning.

It's not that nobody could score at all. It's just that those players weren't inside the Top10 on the leaderboard. In the end, although Justin Thomas and Blayne Barber tried to make a run, it was just a two-man race between third-round leaders Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia, good friends who are both playing well... and who haven't won a PGA Tour event in two or more years.

It was Adam who got off to the best start with birdies on two of the first five holes. And although the best he could do was an even par score, he was able to put enough pressure on El Niño to make him struggle. Sergio's game was off just a bit and, after shooting par on the front nine, he was forced to press. In the end, Adam's even par round was enough.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from this week is that Scott becomes the first player to win after switching from an anchored stroke since the ban went into effect. His stroke looks as solid as ever, and he's beginning to show up consistently week after week. After a runner-up last week and a win this week, Adam is in position to make a major run later this year.

And of course, he picks up his first Limerick Summary in a couple of years. Good on ya, mate!
The gusts from El Niño were strong
But Scott bucked those winds all day long.
His ball didn’t drown
In his even par round
And his putting refused to go wrong.
The photo came from the champion's wall page at PGATOUR.com.

2 comments:

  1. Nice to see them putting in confidence. It could be a huge game changer for Adam.

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  2. I espect a great battle at Augusta, so many young guns and talented golfers have blowsomed in few years.

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