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Monday, January 21, 2019

The Limerick Summary: 2019 Desert Classic

Winner: Adam Long

Around the wider world of golf: Zecheng Dou won the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic on the Web.com Tour; Tom Lehman won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship on the Champions Tour; Eun-Hee Ji won the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions on the LPGA; Jazz Janewattananond won the SMBC Singapore Open on the Asian Tour; Shane Lowry won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the ET; and Alvaro Ortiz won the Latin America Amateur Championship.

Adam Long with Desert Classic trophy

First, let me get my running score of PGA picks up-to-date. I had Justin Rose (T34) to win and Jon Rahm (6) to place well. That puts my totals for 2019 so far at:
  • Winners: 1 for 3
  • Place well (Top10): 3 for 3 (1 Top5 finish, 2 more Top10s)
  • Overall Top10s: 5 of 6 (2 Top5s, 3 more Top10s)
But at least give me credit for this prediction from my "pick post" for this event:
The Desert Classic strikes me as the first real "wild card" of the season since the variety of courses, combined with the "run and gun" aspect of the event (you generally need to go very low to win), tends to favor the player who throws caution to the win and just tries to post the most birdies... Hence any attempt to predict form is probably doomed to fail.
Adam Long definitely fits that description. This was his 6th PGA Tour start and the only cut he'd made was a T63 at the Safeway Open, which made him $13,000 and 4 FedExCup points. He did way better than that this week!

Despite Phil's dominance for the first three rounds and Adam Hadwin grabbing a three-stroke lead midway through the last round, Long didn't flinch. He went to the 18th hole tied with both players, then hit an incredible shot from a sidehill lie in the rough with the ball one foot lower than his two feet, and calmly sank the putt for birdie and his first PGA Tour win.

And no more worries about getting into events or keeping his card. Good times, right?

But of course Adam has done far more. The 31-year-old has gotten off to a fast start, snagging his first Limerick Summary so soon in his PGA Tour career. Enjoy it, my friend -- you only get your first Limerick Summary once!
It started with Phil being Phil.
For three days he gave fans a thrill
But the last day got tough.
That’s when Adam stepped up—
And on eighteen, he pulled off the steal!
The photo came from this page at newsday.com.

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