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Monday, August 27, 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 Northern Trust

Winner: Bryson DeChambeau

Around the wider world of golf: Brooke Henderson became the first Canadian since 1973 to win the LPGA's CP Women's Open; Robert Streb won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the first of the Web.com Tour Playoff events; Scott Parel got his first Champions Tour win at the Boeing Classic; Andrea Pavan got his first European Tour win at the D+D Real Czech Masters; and Daijiro Izumida won the RIZAP KBC Augusta on the Japan Golf Tour.

Bryson DeChampbeau hoists Northern Trust trophy

There won't be any more questions about Bryson DcChambeau's mental toughness. He started the final round with a four-shot lead -- not the easiest thing to do, because everybody expects you to win -- and when things started to slip (as they inevitably will), he pulled it together and finished with his four-shot lead intact.

It was an impressive show, but I doubt I need to tell you that. What needs to be talked about -- and probably will be over the next week -- is how much this affected the rest of Bryson's season.

I speak, of course, of the Ryder Cup. Bryson wanted Captain Furyk's attention, and you can be sure he got it.

With his win Sunday, DeChambeau got his second win of the season and moved to the top of the FedExCup points list. Since it's unlikely that he'll fall out of the Top5 before East Lake, that means he'll "control his own fate" at the Tour Championship -- no matter what anyone else does, if he wins that event, he wins the Cup.

So when Furyk makes his first three picks next week, we're all pretty sure whose names he'll call. DeChambeau, Mickelson and Woods were 9, 10 and 11 on the Ryder Cup points list, and even before this week we were sure Tiger and Phil were locks. We also knew that Tiger liked Bryson as a partner. Phil could easily team with Rickie, as much as they've played together, so there's no rush to make a Phil-specific pick. Given these facts, does anyone doubt now that Bryson will be the third choice?

Me neither. And that means Furyk really has only one spot left to fill.

But that's a discussion for later. This is Bryson's stage, and he proved he's not ready to take his final bow this season. So his Limerick Summary anticipates his encore performance:
You need guts to make the big shot—
So Bryson said, ”That’s what I’ve got!”
His two wins this season
Are clearly the reason
His Ryder Cup spot seems a lock.
The photo came from this page at thetrentonian.com.

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