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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 Farmers Insurance Open

Winner: Jason Day

Around the wider world of golf: Brittany Lincicome successfully defended her title at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic; Li Haotong birdied four of his last six holes to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the ET; Paul Peterson won the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open on the Japan Golf Tour; and Adam Svensson won the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic on the Web.com Tour.

Jsaon Day with Farmers trophy

Maybe Tiger was the big news at the Farmers Insurance Open this past week, but Jason Day also made a breakthrough -- his first win since his 2016 PLAYERS victory -- and he joined Tiger as the only player to win two Farmers titles in playoffs. Not bad for a weekend.

Okay, a weekend and a day. (Yes, I was tempted to capitalize Day, but the irony of the statement stands on its own!) Anyway, I guess we should have expected it. And it's not just that we've had three playoffs in three weeks on the PGA Tour. The leaderboard was packed tight from the first round -- heck, even Tiger had a shot at things on Sunday afternoon! We ended up with Day, Alex Noren and Ryan Palmer in a playoff. (Although Ryan only lasted one hole. But Ryan was the exception.)

The five extra playoff holes in the dark on Sunday weren't enough for Jason and Alex to settle things, but it only took one extra hole on Monday for Jason to seal the deal.

Those of you who follow my blog regularly probably weren't surprised to see Noren take Day so deep. Over the past couple of years or so, Alex has been in my Ruthless Golf World Rankings two or three times. And you should get used to seeing him here in America -- the $607k that he picked up for his T2 finish almost guarantees he'll have a Tour card next season, as it put him at #34 on the FedExCup Points list.

But Jason's the big story. He's made it clear that he wasn't just making small talk when he said he was ready to make another run to #1 in the world. This win moved him up four spots to #10, and you can't help but think he's just getting started. So he starts his new run with a win -- and, of course, the coveted Limerick Summary.
It was nip and tuck from the beginning;
Day nor Noren had won by day’s ending.
Five more holes in the dark
Weren’t enough! One more start
Monday morning sent Jason off grinning.
The photo came from this page at thenewdaily.com.au.

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