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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 Zurich Classic

Winner: Brian Stuard

Around the wider world of golf: Jenny Shin got her first LPGA win at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout; Kyung-Tae Kim won The Crowns on the Japan Golf Tour; Hao-tong Li won the Volvo China Open on the ET; Seamus Power won the United Leasing & Finance Championship on the Tour; amateur Curtis Luck won the Nexus Risk TSA Group WA Open on the Australasian Tour; and Hiroko Fukushima won the CyberAgent Ladies on the JLPGA (bangkokbobby has details).

Brian Stuard with Zurich Classic trophy

"Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." This is a quote from the Greek philosopher Herodotus, back around 503 BC. It's inscribed on the outside of the General Post Office facility at 33rd Street and 8th Avenue in New York City, and it has traditionally been used to describe the dependability of the US Post Office.

But even the Post Office would have had trouble with the weather in Louisiana this past week. The whole concept of 'appointed rounds' went completely out the window! And yet, despite the Zurich Classic being shortened to 54 holes -- plus two playoff holes -- players delivered some amazing golf to their fans.

There were plenty of stories, like Bobby Wyatt's fourth place finish which vaulted him close to 800 points up the OWGR and will likely make conditional Tour status possible for him, or Jason Day's T5 after a rough nine in the first round. But the big story had to be eventual winner Brian Stuard -- and not just for winning the playoff over Byeong-Hun An and Jamie Lovemark.

When you talk about delivering, you have to talk about Brian's short game. Despite the weather, he didn't bogey a single hole throughout the tournament! He was perfect getting up and down (I believe he was 20 for 20) and putting from around 10 feet on the greens (I think he was 46 of 46). Now THAT'S delivering!

Brian Stuard went from playing in the 125-150 category to being completely exempt for the next two years. It's his first-ever PGA Tour win... and his first-ever Limerick Summary. I doubt even the weather can dampen his excitement!
The Post Office couldn’t do better
When facing such flood-making weather!
But Brian delivered
On fairways-turned-river
Where two rounds did not flow together.
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