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Monday, August 14, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 PGA Championship

Winner: Justin Thomas

Around the wider world of golf: Ben Silverman won the Price Cutter Charity Championship on the Web.com Tour; and Sophia Schubert won the US Women's Amateur. The final round of the ATB Financial Classic on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada has been delayed.

Justin Thomas with PGA trophy

It's possible that some of you don't know where "the Green Mile" came from. Let me clue you in, because it's particularly appropriate to today's post.

The Green Mile is a novel by Stephen King, as well as a movie starring Tom Hanks and the late Michael Clarke Duncan. It's set in the early 1930s, at the Cold Mountain Penitentiary. And in that prison, Death Row has been nicknamed "the Green Mile" because of the green linoleum leading from the cells to the electric chair. The story is about some miracles that happened on the Green Mile.

Granted, with all the rain this week, only the greens at Quail Hollow played like linoleum... but the final three holes were a walk down Death Row for a lot of dreams, especially Sunday afternoon. Players would get themselves into position... and then they walked the Green Mile. And just as the inmates at Cold Mountain would face electrocution at the end of the Mile, most of the pros faced their own brand of shock was they finished their rounds.

Except for Justin Thomas. After a miraculous birdie at the par-3 17th, he stood on the 18th tee with a three-shot lead. And he had learned enough from his loss at the US Open that he was prepared this time, avoiding the big mistakes being made by the other players to get his first major.

This season we've seen JT come of age as a player. Perhaps he's not yet as accomplished as the other "young guns" his age, but he's learning. The son (and grandson) of PGA Teaching Pros has claimed the major that probably means the most to his family. And with the support of his friends -- who were waiting to congratulate him at the 18th green -- there's no reason to believe the miracles will stop now.

There's no telling what might happen over the next couple of months. Justin might get on another roll, like he did earlier this season, and make some waves during the FedExCup and Presidents Cup. Or he might have the standard "slowdown" that often follows a first major win. But one thing's for sure...

He picks up his fourth Limerick Summary of the wraparound season. That's a miracle in and of itself!
The Green Mile’s about execution,
Where no player gets absolution
For the poor shots he hits.
While it gave the best fits,
We could all see JT’s evolution.
The photo came from this page at sun-sentinel.com.

2 comments:

  1. The thing JT did very well on Sunday was stay out of serious trouble, unlike many others.

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    1. That's certainly the way Jack and Tiger racked up so many majors, Barney. And the reason so few players win more than one major is because they don't make "stay out of trouble" a main part of their strategy.

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