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Monday, August 6, 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 WGC-Bridgestone

Winner: Justin Thomas

Around the wider world of golf: Georgia Hall got her first LPGA/LET win at the Ricoh British Women's Open; Kenny Perry won the 3M Championship on the Champions Tour; Sepp Straka won the KC Golf Classic on the Web.com Tour; Tyler McCumber won the Syncrude Oil Country Championship – which, incidentally, was played on a course designed by his father, former PGA Tour player Mark – on the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada; Kendall Dye won the Fuccillo Kia Classic of NY on the Symetra Tour; Gaganjeet Bhullar won the Fiji International on the Asian Tour; and Andrew Putnam won the Barracuda Championship, the alternate field event for the PGA Tour.

Justin Thomas with the Gary Player Cup

Justin Thomas finally got his first WGC win... and it wasn't even close.

It was quite different from the first two WGCs this year. Phil Mickelson took him to a playoff in Mexico, where he needed only one hole to take the event from JT. And at the Match Play in Texas, Bubba Watson took him out in the semifinals on his way to winning, leaving a disappointed Justin to finish in fourth place.

Those losses, along with a missed cut at the Open, sent him and his team into a huddle. And their decision? Justin needed a little more patience. This week he had it... and he not only got his first WGC win, but he won in front of his grandparents for the first time. The emotion of it all nearly got to him at the end of the round but he finished it off in style, winning by four strokes.

Justin has been at the top of my Ruthless Golf World Rankings for quite a while, and this event demonstrates the reason why. While many of the top players have won in streaks, JT seems to win more consistently than most of his peers. Starting with last year's PGA Championship, look at how often he has won:
  • August 2017: PGA Championship
  • September 2017: Dell Technologies Championship
  • October 2017: CJ Cup
  • February 2018: Honda Classic
  • August 2018: WGC-Bridgestone Championship
And in-between, despite getting in his own way, he had some close calls like the other two WGCs.

So besides winning in style this week and making a case to be the favorite to defend next week, he got the REAL big prize this week. Here, Justin, is your well-deserved Limerick Summary. Enjoy!
Phil beat him first, south of the border;
Then a Bubba win came in short order.
And so JT decided
A win this lopsided
MUST work, lest his patience grow shorter!
The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

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  2. That tournament was boring. It lacked any drama. How can world class players such as J Day dump shots into the water coming down the back nine? These guys make way to many mistakes and really don't know how to win golf tournaments regularly.
    I especially notice how far these guys hit it now. Which is just stupid. I can't tell you how many drives I saw over 350 yards. Some were 400. It just stupid and ruins the game. Firestone was a great golf course. It still is but these guys turn it into a joke. With all the long drives it still didn't help J Day. Who has a sand wedge to half the greens and can't get it within 10 feet on a regular basis. 370 yard drive, leaves him 80 yards and he hits his wedge 30 feet from the pin. Really? I love to play golf. I admit though that I can't relate to this game on the pro level. I think half these guys would never be on the tour back in the 70's and 80's. They really are not good. They are just the best of a cookie cutter game that has no real artistry to it anymore.

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