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Monday, January 28, 2019

The Limerick Summary: 2019 Farmers Insurance Open

Winner: Justin Rose

Around the wider world of golf: Bryson DeChambeau won by seven strokes to set a new tournament record at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the ET; and Rafael Campos won the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic on the Web.com Tour.

Justin Rose with Farmers trophy and surfboard

Updating my winner/Top10 picks: I had Rickie Fowler (T66) to win and Tiger (T20) to Top10. That puts my totals for 2019 so far at:
  • Winners: 1 for 4
  • Place well (Top10): 3 for 4 (1 Top5 finish, 2 more Top10s)
  • Overall Top10s: 5 of 8 (2 Top5s, 3 more Top10s)
As I said on Saturday, I should have picked Justin Rose this week, not last week. But timing is everything, isn't it?

After he tied the 36-hole record, Justin never looked back. If you heard Nick Faldo after the round, you know part of the Rose Secret -- whatever swing coach Sean Foley wants to do has to be okayed by his physical trainers, who determine if the changes are realistic given Justin's limitations. And if it won't work, then Foley goes back to the drawing board to figure out another way to make the changes. (That's something ALL golfers should consider when making swing changes. And it just goes to prove that you don't have to be some super athlete to play winning golf.)

It's a plan of attack that's paying dividends for Justin. His consistency has just given him his first win as World Number 1.

Can he pick up another major this year? We'll have to see. But it's no mystery that he's picked up another Limerick Summary... and just might pick up a few more before the year is through.
No suspense? Not so much, it turned out;
Justin’s win was a bit of a rout.
What’s a chaser to do?
None got closer than two
So the finish was never in doubt.
The photo came from this page at golfweek.com.

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