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Monday, May 29, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 Dean & Deluca Invitational

Winner: Kevin Kisner

Around the wider world of golf: Bernhard Langer won the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, becoming the first player to win all five Champions Tour majors and winning one more CT major than Jack Nicklaus; Alex Noren shot a record-tying 62 at the BMW PGA Championship, becoming the first Swede to win the ET's flagship event; Shanshan Feng won the LPGA Volvik Championship on the LPGA; and Chan Kim won the Gate Way To The Open Mizuno Open on the Japan Golf Tour.

Kevin Kisner with D&D trophy

Although the winds did their damage during the third round of the Dean & Deluca, the final round proved to be the most difficult. With Hogan's Alley tempting the players to go low, the pressure to put up that low score proved a bit much for the leaders. The players posting the lowest scores were just a bit too far back to make a decisive move.

Even Jordan Spieth's impressive bogey-free 65 came up a stroke short, as did the 66s posted by John Rahm and Sean O'Hair, despite final-round leader Webb Simpson's stumble on the way in.

But Kevin Kisner's 66 was, to borrow the words of a certain Baby Bear, "just right."

Kisner has come painfully close to his second win so many times in the last couple of seasons, posting six Top5s just since his first win. But Sunday, his rock-steady play around Colonial was enough to put this title out of everyone else's reach. As Spieth stood on a folding chair beside the 18th green, watching to see if he'd get a chance at a playoff, Kisner calmly made two strokes with his putter to snatch away all hope.

Hogan would have been proud. And I'm proud to give Kevin his second Limerick Summary. Perhaps there will be more on the horizon if he keeps playing this way.
The back nine was brutal. It wrested
The patience from each man it tested.
But Kisner was calm
So O'Hair, Spieth and Rahm
Could say little but how they were bested.
The photo came from the wrap-up page at PGATOUR.com.

2 comments:

  1. At 41 years young Soo Yun Kang won this past week's Resort Trust Ladies in a 3-way sudden-death playoff, her 3rd career JLPGA title and nearly 12 years removed from her only LPGA win, the 2005 edition of what is now simply the Portland Classic (a win I was fortunate enough to witness).

    https://bangkokbobbysports.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/soo-yun-kang-wins-2017-resort-trust-ladies/

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    1. Thanks for the link, IC. It hadn't been posted when I wrote this post.

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