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Monday, May 8, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 Wells Fargo Championship

Winner: Brian Harman

Around the wider world of golf: The Danish Team (Thorbjorn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregaard) won the inaugural GolfSixes event on the ET; John Daly got his first Champions Tour win at the Insperity Invitational; Nate Lashley won the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, his first Web.com Tour win; Sei Young Kim beat Ariya Jutanugarn to win the Lorena Ochoa Match Play on the LPGA (Michelle Wie came in fourth, her best finish in a long time); and the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica's Essential Costa Rica Classic event was shortened to 54 holes but still won't be finished until later today.

Brain Harman with Wells Fargo trophy

We expected the Wells Fargo event to be wide open this year. After all, few (if any) players were familiar with Eagle Point Golf Club, which was standing in for Quail Hollow. (Quail Hollow will be hosting the PGA Championship in a few months, in case you hadn't heard.) But did we really expect this? Eagle Point held the entire field to single figures.

Okay, all but one player. But did anybody think it would be Brian Harman? With all the long hitters in the field, on a course where high ball hitters would have an advantage getting balls to stop on the tricky greens?

Perhaps it was the wind that helped Brian. Swirly winds made it vital to keep the ball low, below the tree line when possible. Even that wasn't enough to keep Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez from posting at -9, forcing Brian to fight just for a playoff spot.

But after a week of magnificent scrambling, Harmon came to the 18th at -9 and only needed a scrambling up-and-down to win the event outright. It looked like a done deal...

Until Harman fatted the chip and left a 30-footer on the tricky greens. If he was lucky, maybe he'd two-putt for the playoff...

And then he drained it for the outright win after all, the second of his short career.

It would be easy to call this luck, but DJ had the best score of the day (67, along with Jonathan Randolph, who finished at -6) and he beat Harman by only one stroke. Harman returned the favor, besting him by only one stroke for the week.

So today the Limerick Summary goes to Brian Harman, who broke his three-year winless drought in a most satisfying way. I just hope he celebrates this as much as he celebrated the win...
At Eagle Point, scrambling was key—
So that fat chip at 18 would be
The unlikeliest way
To give Harman the play
That stole DJ's (or Pat's) victory.
The photo came from this page at skysports.com.

3 comments:

  1. Michelle lost the consolation final to MJ Hur so she actually finished 4th this week. Lexi Thompson finished T2 at the JLPGA's Salonpas Cup, 3 strokes behind Ha Neul Kim.

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  2. Thanks for the correction, guys, i misread the bracket when I wrote the post. I'll fix it right now.

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