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Monday, September 11, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 Indy Women in Tech Championship

Winner: Lexi Thompson

Around the wider world of golf: Colin Montgomerie won the Japan Airlines Championship on the Champions Tour; Matthew Fitzpatrick won the Omega European Masters on the ET; Kramer Hickok won the Ontario Championship on the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada; Oscar Fraustro won the San Luis Championship on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Shingo Katayama won the ISPS HANDA Match Play on the Japan Golf Tour; and Anne-Catherine Tanguay won the Garden City Charity Classic on the Symetra Tour.

Lexi Thompson (with trophy) kissing the Yard of Bricks

Since the PGA Tour has the week off, I couldn't resist doing a limerick that could legitimately use racing lingo. And for me to explain it, you need to learn a bit of racing history...

Beginning with that photo of Lexi above.

What Lexi is doing is called "kissing the bricks" -- specifically, the Yard of Bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the Indy Women in Tech tournament was played. (You can get the entire history of the tradition here.) The original Speedway was built with over 3 million bricks back in 1909. By 1961 nearly the entire speedway had been repaved with asphalt -- except for one 36" strip at the finish line.

That is the Yard of Bricks and since NASCAR racer Dale Jarrett kissed the bricks after his win at the 1996 Brickyard 400, every Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 winner has adopted the tradition.

And probably every future Indy Women in Tech Championship winner will as well, now that Lexi has honored the tradition.

While we normally think that being "in the pits" means that everything is going wrong, in racing it means that your car is being refueled or repaired during a race. It just happens that both meanings explain Lydia Ko's game this year. She's played alright, but not up to her record. This week it appears that the "pit crew" has got her game firing on all cylinders.

That improved game let her and Lexi match each other shot-for-shot until the 11th hole of the final round, when Lydia's bogey gave Lexi a three-shot lead that she never relinquished.

Leading, of course, to the photo you see above.

So this week's Limerick Summary is awarded to Lexi for her speedy return to the winner's circle -- also a racing term, in case you didn't know:
Although Ko’s game has been in the pits,
Lexi also has taken some licks.
The two ran neck-and-neck
Till Ko’s 11th-hole wreck
Left the Thompson team kissing the bricks.
The photo came from this page at golfdigest.com.

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