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Monday, April 25, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 Valero Texas Open

Winner: Charley Hoffman

Around the wider world of golf: Got a lot of winners this week! Wesley Bryan continued to prove he's more than a trick shot artist by picking up his second Tour win this season -- this time, at the El Bosque Mexico Championship; Haru Nomura picked up her second LPGA title this season at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic; John Young Kim won the Guatemala Stella Artois Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Soomin Lee got his first ET victory at the Shenzhen International; the team of Michael Allen and Woody Austin won the Champions division at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf (the Champions Tour event) while Larry Nelson and Bruce Fleisher won the Legends division; Yuta Ikeda won the Panasonic Open Golf Championship on the Japan Golf Tour; Brittany Altomare won the Guardian Retirement Championship on the Symetra Tour; Austin Eckroat won the Junior Invitational (a big amateur event); and Shiho Oyama won the Fujisankei Ladies Classic on the JLPGA (bangkokbobby has details).

Charley Hoffman with Valero Texas Open trophy

Charley Hoffman has been frustrated by the Sunday blues lately. Seems he would play himself into position after 54 holes but just couldn't seem to get out of his own way during the last round. How bad was it? He was ranked 200 on the PGA Tour in fourth-round scoring. Add the pressure of the chase pack, led by Patrick Reed, and you could understand if it had happened again.

But it didn't. This time Charley got out of his own way and let his clubs do what they'd been doing every other round he played lately...

Hit fairways. Hit greens. Scramble. Make putts.

Patrick pushed him all the way, forcing him to get up-and-down with a 9-foot birdie putt on 18 to win outright. Charley drained it, pumped his fist, and then accepted congratulations from playing partners Patrick and Billy Horschel.

Look, there were plenty of stories on Sunday, including Martin Piller's attempt to win at Valero while his wife Gerina went after the Swinging Skirts. (The Pillers managed T4 and T3, respectively, which gives Gerina bragging rights not only for winning but for doing it in 30mph winds.) But when Charley finally broke through the barrier to get his fourth Tour win, that's the kind of thing that gives fans hope that they can overcome their own limits.

Besides, it gave me a chance to write Charley a really challenging Limerick Summary. You just don't see multi-syllabic rhymes like these everyday!
All his Sundays of late were forgettable
With performances best termed ‘regrettable’;
It was different this week.
Charley let his clubs speak—
Which made this win a great deal more gettable!
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