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Monday, August 21, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 Wyndham Championship

Winner: Henrik Stenson

Around the wider world of golf: Team USA won the Solheim Cup 16.5-11.5, although that score is no indication of just how good both sides played; Adrian Otaegui won the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play on the ET; Scott McCarron won the DICK'S Sporting Goods Open on the Champions Tour; Talor Gooch won the News Sentinel Open on the Web.com Tour; Mark Blakefield won the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops on the Mackenzie Tour РPGA TOUR Canada; Jose de Jesus Rodriguez won the Abierto del Paraguay-Copa NEC on the PGA TOUR Latinoam̩rica; Jason Norris won the Fiji International on the Asian Tour; and Doc Redman pulled off an amazing last-minute three-hole rally to win the US Amateur in 37 holes.

Henrik Stenson kisses Wyndham trophy

While it may not have been quite the same level of play as the Solheim Cup, the Wyndham Championship fielded some serious scoring on Sunday. There were a number of 63s and 64s as players fought not only for the victory but for FedExCup points, playoff spots and 2018 playing privileges. And in the process, they ran putts in from all over the place.

Surprisingly, Henrik Stenson was one of the players doing the running. And he probably felt it was about time -- he'd certainly been putting in the practice time this year.

Henrik always seems to be a ball striking machine and he even left his driver out of the bag this week, letting that infamous 3-wood of his carry the load. But even with a couple of fairway woods and a long iron, and a 4-wedge setup which he said was a first in his career, he needed his putter to cooperate if he hoped to win...

Especially with Ollie Schniederjans hot on his trail. The youngster was pushing hard as he came down the stretch, and Stenson thought he had a two-shot lead until he walked off the 17th green and learned the kid had birdied both 17 and 18. All Stenson did was shoot a matching 64 and set a tournament record at -22.

So Henrik gets his sixth PGA Tour win, his first since the Open Championship (and Olympic silver medal) in 2016... and his first Limerick Summary since then as well.
A tournament record was made
After Henrik showed how the game’s played
By a man in control.
(At last! Putts found the hole—
It took months till his work was repaid!)
The photo came from this page at sportingnews.com.

5 comments:

  1. US Women's Open runner up Hye Jin Choi, in her last event as an amateur, won for the second time this year on the KLPGA at the Bogner MBN Ladies Open after shooting 67-67-65 (-14). She has signed with YG Sports today, her 18th birthday, and will take up membership on the KLPGA.

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    1. Thanks, IC. I sometimes miss the results in th Asian ladies' events.

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  2. It won't be a regular thing, but if an event is noteworthy for something I'll try to mention it. Choi has been working with a caddie this year who used to tote Sang Moon Bae's bag. Hopefully Bae won't want him back when he musters out of his mandatory military commitment this fall and resumes his PGA Tour career.

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    1. Thanks, IC. I certainly don't mind if you add results. And it'll be nice to see Sang Moon Bae back on the Tour. I heard he was finishing his commitment but didn't hear how soon he'd be back.

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