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Monday, June 6, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 Memorial Tournament

Winner: William McGirt

Around the wider world of golf: Matthew Fitzpatrick won the Nordea Masters on the ET; Anna Nordqvist defended her title at the Shoprite LPGA Classic on the LPGA; Jackie Stoelting won the Fuccillo Kia Championship on the Symetra Tour; Scott McCarron won the Principal Charity Classic on the Champions Tour; Dominic Bozzelli won the inaugural Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship on the Web.com Tour; Adam Cornelson won the Bayview Place Island Savings Open on the MACKENZIE TOUR - PGA TOUR Canada; Alex Kang won the Cadillac Championship on the PGA TOUR China; Yosuke Tsukada won the JGT Championship Mori Building Cup on the Japan Tour; and Porani Chutichai won the Yonex Ladies Golf Tournament on the JLPGA (bangkokbobby has details).

Will McGirt with Jack Nicklaus and trophy

I love to see Carolina boys do well. And Will McGirt was born in North Carolina and lives in South Carolina, so he's got both Carolinas covered.

Because of that, you probably won't be surprised to know that I've been following Will's career for a while, just waiting for him to break through and get that first win. Little did I suspect that it would come at Jack's Place -- but maybe I should have. Will is the third first-timer in a row to get it done at the Memorial.

But on a day when the winds hit 15-25mph after a weather delay, Will said he won the way Jack did -- by just watching his opponents self-destruct and fall away. He hit one birdie and 19 pars to win in a two-hole playoff over Jon Curran, whose first win likely won't be far behind Will's.

Much has been made of Tiger's advice to Will that he should watch the leaderboard, which he said he did at every chance he had Sunday, but in the end it was the sum total of his 164 previous starts that taught him everything he needed to know. As PGATOUR.com reported:
"The few times I've been in this position, everything sped up, but I learned what my tendencies were," McGirt said. "So I knew starting today I needed to walk as slow as I possibly could all day long. And the same thing on my golf swing, I knew I needed to try to swing as slow as I possibly could. It's just been years and years of practice and getting your nose bloodied and learning from it."
And it all came together at a place he loves. What a storybook ending!

In the meantime Will gets to celebrate his first win with $1.5mil, a 3-year Tour exemption, a ticket to next year's Masters... and his very first Limerick Summary. Some guys have all the luck!
Will’s hundred and sixty-fifth start
Showcased wisdom that set him apart
From the Will of the past.
So his breakthrough, at last,
Came at Jack’s, a place close to his heart.
The photo came from the tournament upshot page at PGATOUR.com.

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