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Monday, March 28, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play

Winner: Jason Day

Around the wider world of golf: Lydia Ko won the Kia Classic on the LPGA; Tony Finau won the Puerto Rico Open, the PGA Tour's alternate field event: and Ha-Neul Kim won the AXA Ladies on the JLPGA (bangkokbobby has details).

Jason and family with trophy

So my pick to win the WGC-Dell Match Play (Louis Oosthuizen) didn't win. I still take some solace in the knowledge that the two Final Four picks I got right both made it all the way to the Championship match. That's a first for me.

Of course, the Championship match wasn't a first for Jason Day. He won the thing back in 2014. But it certainly appears that we're seeing a much different Jason Day than the one who won that event.

The various TV announcers talked about the mental toughness it takes to keep your mind on the game for seven rounds in five days, and David Feherty said that Jason had been working specifically on that. It showed, as all three of the other competitors seemed to struggle on Sunday. Louis said as much, said that it even happened to him briefly during both of Saturday's rounds. It's the most logical explanation for Rafael Cabrera-Bello's meltdown during the semifinals Sunday morning. And how else can you explain Rory losing to Rafa during the Consolation match?

Everybody can take something out of this tournament. Louis saw his game in better shape than it's been in a long time. Rafa got a ticket to the Masters. Even Rory had to notice that he had fewer big numbers this week than we've seen lately.

And Jason? He regained the OWGR #1 spot from Jordan and will likely still be #1 entering the Masters, even if Jordan wins this week. He went two in a row, like Adam Scott, and both of his wins are BIG titles. And how can he not be the favorite to win his second major in a row? Maybe he has a chronic back problem, but Jason and little Dash may be dancing on the 18th at Augusta two Sundays from now.

In the meantime, perhaps he can convince his back to do a little shimmy in celebration of his second Limerick Summary of 2016!
His seven-match journey is done.
Now Jason’s once more Number One
And off to Augusta
Where most think he’ll bust a
Few moves in a two-major run.
The photo came from this page at worldgolfchampionships.com.

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