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Monday, January 23, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge

Winner: Hudson Swafford

Around the wider world of golf: Tommy Fleetwood won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the ET; Prayad Marksaeng won the SMBC Singapore Open on the Japan Golf Tour; and Bernhard Langer won the weather-shortened Mitsubishi Electric Championship on the Champions Tour.

Hudson Swafford with CareerBuilder trophy

Once again, a 59 failed to guarantee a victory.

Granted, that's not always the case. But a 59, especially when it doesn't happen in the final round, is often a hard act to follow. Adam Hadwin's 2-under 70 wasn't a bad follow-up, given that only four players managed to shoot better than 68.

Unfortunately for Hadwin, Hudson Swafford was one of them... and his 67 was enough to best the Canadian by one.

Both men were seeking their first Tour win, and the final result was in doubt until the tee shots on 18. Swafford, leading by one, hit the short grass and left a short simple shot to the green. Hadwin found the rough and had to guard against going left into the water. He missed the green but made a great up-and-down for par.

Swafford hit the green, left his birdie try maybe two inches from the hole and tapped in for the win.

It took Swafford nearly four years on the Big Tour to get his first win, despite looking like a can't-miss prospect when he arrived. But despite Jordan Spieth's history, most players do take some time to learn how to win. It's just not that easy to win. (Adam is playing well though; this was his best finish to date. I do expect him to win sometime soon.)

In the meantime, here's a tip from Hudson Swafford that might help YOU: He noted that he has been focused on improving his posture and balance this week, and he credited that for his improved play. It's a simple thing that anybody can work on.

And while you focus on your posture, Hudson can focus on his first Limerick Summary. He won despite not shooting a 59, in case you didn't hear.
Though his scores never sniffed 59,
Hudson probably feels mighty fine!
With his first win on Tour
You can be pretty sure
He could add Number Two anytime.
The photo came from this equipment page at PGATOUR.com.

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