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Monday, April 3, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 Shell Houston Open

Winner: Russell Henley

Around the wider world of golf: So Yeon Ryu broke her winless streak in what may well have been the most bizarre ANA Inspiration ever on the LPGA (and yes, there WILL be a rant post soon!); Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on the Champions Tour; and Liv Cheng (from New Zealand) won the Gateway Classic on the Symetra Tour.

Russell Henley with Houston Open trophy

It's amazing how often it happens. Everybody gets focused on a couple of players who seem likely to duke it out all the way to the finish, only to have someone sneak up with a great round and steal the whole thing.

Well, actually, Russell Henley had an amazing round. Ten birdies' worth, which I would call amazing, even if it only added up to a 65. After all, it was the best round anybody shot on Sunday.

Sung Kang (the golfer, not the actor) looked like the runaway winner after Saturday's round, and Rickie Fowler seemed most likely to chase him down, even after his struggles late in the third round. And Luke List certainly seemed capable of pulling it off after a 65 of his own Saturday.

Still, a guy with nothing to lose -- a guy who has struggled for most of the season, with a T9 his best finish -- well, that's a guy you might want to watch out for. Especially when his last three Houston Open starts have all been T7 or better.

And that's the attitude Russell went out with on Sunday, knowing that a Masters berth was on the line (he missed out last year). Now that he has that invite, it'll be interesting to see how he does there, especially since the best of his three starts there is 21st place.

But at least, as he ponders his possibilities down Magnolia Drive, he'll have a nice new Limerick Summary to help psych him up. Be amazing again, Russell!
With skill Russell "Mastered" the course,
A last-minute invite the source
That inspired his great play.
So he's now on his way
To Augusta… where his mastery is sparse.
The photo came from the tournament upshot page at PGATOUR.com.

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