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Monday, January 2, 2017

The Limerick Summary: The New Year Begins

Winners: To Be Determined

The Plantation Course at Kapalua

When I looked it up the word romp on Google, I found definitions like "high-spirited, carefree, and boisterous play" and "a spell of rough, energetic play."

After a few weeks' rest -- or for some players, a few months -- I expect 'romp' to be a good description of what we'll see in 2017.

All the talk when 2016 began was about the young players and how they were dominating the game. But you could make a reasonable argument that the most interesting play -- at least among the men -- came from the older players. (It was a different tale with the women, but the LPGA doesn't tee off for another three weeks yet, so I'll focus on the men today.)

For example, it was Jim Furyk who became Mr. 58.

Dustin Johnson got his first major, to go with a couple more PGA Tour wins.

The Olympic medals went to Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar. Henrik also took the Race to Dubai.

And two of the three biggest duels last year involved older players -- Henrik V. Phil at the Open Championship, and Phil V. Sergio at the Ryder Cup.

But that doesn't mean the youngsters just vanished. The third of those duels was Patrick Reed V. Rory McIlroy at the Ryder Cup. Rory also took the FedExCup.

Hideki Matsuyama blistered fields all over the world for five wins. Jordan Spieth snagged the Australian Open, plus two PGA Tour events. And Jason Day took THE PLAYERS plus two PGA Tour events.

The battle lines between the Establishment and the Up-and-Comers are drawn. Even Tiger appears ready to reenter the fray!

So the first Limerick Summary of 2017 is just a little reminder that, as hard as it might be to believe, we could be in for an even better year than last year. And we've only got to wait a few more days!
Play from last year will be hard to top,
But the youngsters seem hellbent to stop
All the vets in their way.
(Maybe Tiger will play.)
Twenty-seventeen could be a romp!
The photo came from this page at PGATOUR.com.

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