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Monday, September 25, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 TOUR Championship

Winner: Xander Schauffele

Around the wider world of golf: Bernhard Langer won the Pure Insurance Championship on the Champions Tour, while he and First Tee partner Justin Potwora also won the pro-junior division; Nicholas Lindheim won the DAP Championship (and his Tour card) on the Web.com Tour; Juan Álvarez won the Dev Series’ Bolivia Open Mitsuba on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Lindsey Weaver won the Guardian Championship on the Symetra Tour; Daisuke Kataoka won the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup on the Japan Golf Tour; and Lucas Bjerregaard won the Portugal Masters on the ET.

Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele with their trophies

Well, it looks like I'm going to have to learn to spell Xander Schauffele's last name now. Because he certainly looks like someone who'll be winning a few Limerick Summaries in the future.

Of course, I had already awarded one to Xander, back in July when he won the Greenbrier Classic. But Xander was a rookie -- granted, a very impressive one -- and I didn't expect to see him up on top again this year.

Boy, did he prove me wrong! All he did was win the biggest non-major event of the season this week. And he did it against the guys who had proven to be the most consistent and dominant of the season -- most of whom, btw, didn't really show up this week. Only Justin Thomas, who I think has safely pocketed the Player of the Year Award, held up down the stretch.

And it still wasn't enough. Xander says he was shaking so badly over that final putt that he was almost surprised that it went in. But the ball don't lie -- it corkscrewed its way down into the cup and gave him the title of Tour Champion.

Alright, so Justin Thomas snagged the FedExCup. Xander has just become a two-time Tour winner -- one of those wins being a very prestigious one -- and the first rookie to place third or better in the FedExCup. Not a bad day's work if you can get it.

Xander did get it... and another nice shiny Limerick Summary as well. Yeah, I'm gonna have to go practice that last name some more...
Off the tee, Xander gives it a whack
And with putter in hand, he attacks!
JT still took the Cup…
But once Xander moved up
At the top, he refused to look back.
The photo came from this page at golfweek.com.

3 comments:

  1. The round of the week easily belongs to this week's winner of the KLPGA's OK Savings Bank Se Ri Pak Invitational, Jeong Eun Lee 6, who you may remember finished T5 at this year's US Women's Open. Lucky 6, as she sometimes refers to herself (she's the sixth different player named Jeong Eun Lee in tour history) posted a second round 60, the lowest ever on that tour. She opened with a 32 on the back nine (4 birdies) and sizzled home with a 28 on the front (6 birdies and an eagle), finishing her final five holes birdie/birdie/eagle/birdie/birdie. She finished at -18 (70/60/68), three strokes ahead of a surging Seon Woo Bae.

    On the JLPGA, Nasa Hataoka finally broke through for her first win anywhere since winning last year's Japan Women's Open as an amateur by capturing the Miyaagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open by 4 shots over Ji Hee Lee, finishing at -13 (74/64/65). Currently scuffling at #136 on the LPGA money list in her rookie season, she goes into next week's major title defense with some wind in her sails.

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    1. Thanks for the updates, IC. And I seem to remember Lee6 winning on the KLPGA just a few weeks back also, didn’t she?

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  2. This week's win was Lee's 4th of the season; she also has 13 other top 10s from her 22 starts this season and has yet to miss a cut. She currently leads the money list, player of the year and low scoring average tables and is the 23rd ranked player in the world.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_LPGA_of_Korea_Tour

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