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Monday, June 11, 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 FedEx St. Jude Classic

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Around the wider world of golf: There was A LOT of golf this weekend! Mikko Korhonen got his first European Tour win at the Shot Clock Masters; Tom Lehman won the weather-shortened Principal Charity Classic on the Champions Tour; Chase Wright won the Rust-Oleum Championship on the Web.com Tour; Sam Fidone won the Bayview Place Cardtronics Open on the MACKENZIE TOUR - PGA TOUR Canada; Toni Hakula won the Bupa Match Play on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Charlie Saxon won the Guilin Championship on the PGA TOUR China; Annie Park got her first LPGA win at the ShopRite LPGA Classic; Maia Schechter won the Four Winds Invitational on the Symetra Tour; Panuphol Pittayarat won the Thailand Open on the Asian Tour; Trish Johnson won the inaugural Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup on the LPGA's Legends Tour; and the US team beat the GB&I team 17-3, the biggest margin of victory in Curtis Cup history.

Dustin Johnson with FedEx St. Jude trophy

When you get right down to it, it wasn't even that interesting to watch. Dustin Johnson and Andrew Putnam were tied to start the final round, Putnam doubled the first, nobody else even made a run, and DJ played steady if uneventful golf to win the final FedEx St. Jude Classic. (Next year it becomes a WGC, replacing Bridgestone.)

At least, that was the story until they reached the final hole and DJ calmly jarred his second shot for a walk-off eagle. The crowd went wild and that single shot will be the defining moment of this year's event.

Not a bad send-off, when you get down to it.

Of course, there were other effects from that shot besides the win. DJ moved up to second in the FedExCup points race and, by the time most of you read this, he'll be #1 in the world again after bumping Justin Thomas off his brief perch at the top.

Perhaps the biggest effect will be the betting odds on DJ at the US Open next week. With Shinnecock playing around 7400 yards and his game clearly back in major shape, he'll be the favorite on most fantasy teams for 2018's second major. Still, I hope he takes a few moments to bask in the glory of his newest Limerick Summary, which he would have gotten even without that eagle...

But the Limerick Summary wouldn't have sounded as cool as it does if he hadn't jarred it. A little pizazz never hurts. I'm just saying...
The final round wasn’t that hot
Until DJ holed out his last shot
On the eighteenth for two.
The crowd went “Woo-hoo!”
Now he’s back in the Number One spot.
The photo came from this page at usatoday.com.

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