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Monday, October 21, 2019

The Limerick Summary: 2019 CJ Cup

Winner: Justin Thomas

Around the wider world of golf: Nicolas Colsaerts won the Amundi Open de France on the ET; Danielle Kang defended her title at the Buick LPGA Shanghai; Leandro Marelli won the Diners Club Peru Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Christine Wolf won the Hero Women’s Indian Open on the LET; Chan Kim won the Japan Open Golf Championship on the Japan Golf Tour; and bad weather forced the Champions Tour to finish the Dominion Energy Charity Classic on Monday morning. Of course, I can't give you the winner of the Challenge: Japan Skins game because it's just getting started as I post this.

Justin Thomas with the CJ Cup trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks finally hit paydirt! I had Justin Thomas (1) to win and Viktor Hovland (T31) to Top10. Viktor had an off week but I can forgive him for that because I finally picked another winner!
  • Winners: 3 for 42
  • Place well (Top10): 18 for 42 (10 Top5s, 8 more Top10s)
  • Overall Top10s: 34 of 84 (19 Top5s, 15 more Top10s)
And because the Challenge: Japan Skins game is just getting underway I'll keep this brief.

I've picked JT to play well a few times over the last few months but his playing has been a bit uneven, even though I've seen constant improvement. (That's why I kept picking him.) But this week he finally got it together -- at least at an event where I've picked him to win -- despite a spirited run by Danny Lee.

JT's game still doesn't look to be quite where it was before his wrist injury early in the season -- the injury that kept him from playing at the PGA Championship -- but his mental game appears to be back on track. While he might not have been as sharp physically, he was clearly managing his game well and avoiding the mistakes that plagued most of the field at the CJ Cup.

I can't help but think this win will help his confidence -- it was his 2nd win in two months, his 10th win in the last three seasons (the best record on Tour) and his 11th PGA Tour win overall. Which means, of course, that he has more Limerick Summaries in the last three seasons than anybody else. Impressive, huh?
His wrist injury now in the past,
JT’s form has returned at long last.
Had YOU written him off?
Thought he’d played his best golf?
Well, here’s one more win Justin’s amassed.
The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

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