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Monday, August 20, 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 Wyndham Championship

Winner: Brandt Snedeker

Around the wider world of golf: Sung Hyun Park won the Indy Women in Tech Championship on the LPGA; Paul Waring won the Nordea Masters on the ET; Sungjae Im won the Portland Open on the Web.com Tour; Bart Bryant won the DICK'S Sporting Goods Open on the Champions Tour; Tyler McCumber won the The Players Cup on the MACKENZIE TOUR - PGA TOUR CANADA; Marta Sanz Barrio won the FireKeepers Casino Championship on the Symetra Tour; Yuta Ikeda won the RIZAP KBC Augusta on the Japan Golf Tour; and Viktor Hovland became the first Norwegian to win the US Amateur.

Brandt Snedeker with Wyndham trophy

Brandt Snedeker has spent the last couple of years dealing with physical problems that doctors told him only come from contact sports.

This week, the rest of the field must have felt like Brandt was playing full-contact golf.

From Thursday's 59 to Sunday's nip-and-tuck battle with C.T. Pan, Brandt led the whole way. And while Pan's unexpected OB drive on 18 made the ending less of a challenge, Brandt still drained a 20-footer to seal the deal by three strokes.

His return to the winner's circle couldn't have come at a better time. His 59, coupled with this win and his reputation for streaky good play, will certainly grab Jim Furyk's attention as he ponders his four Ryder Cup picks. And let's not ignore the possibilities ahead in the FedExCup Playoffs. After all, Brandt has won the FedExCup before!

Of course, there was also a battle to make the Top125 in order to make the Playoffs, and a couple of things there stood out to me. I'd like to salute Sam Saunders for making his first-ever Playoffs and, while Captain Furyk didn't make them, he finished T4 with his lowest-ever tournament score -- even while he had to take care of Ryder Cup business.

But this was all about Brandt. And, since he didn't need the Wizard to 'tap' his final putt into the hole, I feel totally fine about giving him his newest Limerick Summary.
His game’s not the kind to enchant,
So his chances of late have been scant.
Still, it must be conceded:
When magic was needed,
The true Wyndham Wizard was Brandt!
The photo came from this page at golfweek.com.

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